Bēhance: Legends and Playing Cards by Anna Bucciarelli

08 Sep

Playing cards are designed by the Canadian artist Anna Bucciarelli. She dedicated them to her favorite Greek myths. © 2013 Anna Bucciarelli

All pictures are clickable

The Two of Diamonds – Nemesis (Fortune and Retribution)

In Greek mythology, Nemesis is the spirit of divine retribution against those who succumb to arrogance. The word originally meant “the distributor of fortune”, neither good nor bad. According to some legends, Nemesis produced the egg from which hatched two sets of twins, including Helen of Troy.” ~ Anna


The Three of Hearts – Narcissus & Echo

Narcissus was a hunter renowned for his beauty. This name – Narcissus – originally meant “sleep, numbness”. He was exceptionally proud and even disdained those who loved him, including Echo the forest nymph. As divine punishment for having too much pride, he fell in love with his own reflection in the lake, and died as a result of not being able to leave the beauty of his own reflection. Oh yeah, he was 15 years old.” ~ Anna


The Eight of Clubs – Elpis & Moros

“Elpis is the personification of hope in Greek mythology. According to some legends, she was last seen clinging to the inside of Pandora’s box. Moros is the personification of fate / impending doom. He is thought to be all powerful – not even Zeus could defeat him!” ~ Anna



See other playing card projects on Bēhance (Category: “Bēhance”).



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