Fairy Tale Heroines: Snow White
Natural Media, 14 November AD 2011
This is the third picture in a ten part series entitled Fairy Tale Heroines. I chose to recreate these characters, capturing the essence of their story in one picture. I want each picture to be complex, unique, and interesting. Perhaps some of them will even have a little twist.
Once upon a time as a queen sits sewing at her window, she pricks her finger on her needle and three drops of blood fall on the snow that had fallen on her ebony window frame. As she looks at the blood on the snow, she says to herself, "Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony". Soon after that, the queen gives birth to a baby girl who has skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony. They name her Princess Snow White. As soon as the child is born, the queen dies.
Soon after, the king takes a new wife, who is beautiful but also very vain. The Queen possesses a magical mirror, an animate object that answers any question, to whom she often asks: "Mirror, mirror on the wall / Who is the most beautiful of all?" to which the mirror always replies "You, my queen, are fairest of all." But as Snow White gets older, there comes a day when the mirror replies: "Queen, you are full fair, 'tis true, but Snow White is fairer than you."
Haunted by the jealous queen who has sent her fleeing her home, Snow White receives three visits to her sanctuary in the woods. The dwarves Snow White lives with foil all attempts to take her life, until the end. The evil Queen makes a poisoned apple, and in the disguise of a farmer's wife, offers it to Snow White. When she is hesitant to accept it, the Queen cuts the apple in half, eats the white part and gives the poisoned red part to Snow White. She eats the apple eagerly and immediately falls into a deep stupor. When the dwarves find her, they cannot revive her, and they place her in a glass coffin, assuming that she is dead.
In the end, Snow White receives true love's kiss, and evil is vanquished.
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