The death and the maiden (J. H. de la Torre)

The death and the maiden (J. H. de la Torre)
Isabel del Rio

Death Maiden: The Death and the Maiden by J.H. de la Torre.

We find the origins of this theme in old mythological traditions. The abduction of Persephone (Proserpine in Rome) by Hades (Pluto, god of Hell) is an antecedent of the conflict between Eros and Thanatos: Proserpine and her nymphs gathered flowers when she took a narcissus. Then, the ground opened and Hades went out of the hell and abducted her.

Death Maiden by J.H. de la Torre

Death Maiden by J.H. de la Torre

This myth became very popular in Germany in the Middle Age (in many dances or pictures appeared the Death with a young lady or a nice virgin). At the Renaissance, something new happened, since artists discovered a relationship between death and sexuality and the lady is not dancing but in deep contact with the death and the didactic role lost its importance in very many works. However, other works are pointing the brevity of beauty of a woman.

Some artists who has painted “the Death and the Maiden” were: Hans Baldung Grien in 1517, Much in 1894, Egon Schiele in 1915 and Joseph Beuys in 1959. Recently, Jaime Hernández de la Torre ( ) is magisterially working on this theme which is in relationship with the pictures of his city of dreams.

Death Maiden. Jaime Hernandez de la Torre

Death Maiden. Jaime Hernandez de la Torre


1972 born in Madrid

1995-1996 Philosophie studies at UNED, Madrid

1993-1998 Fine arts graduate with Specialization in painting at UCM university, Madrid

1999 CAP degree at UCM university, Madrid

1999-2000 Art Teacher at public high school Ramiro de Maeztu, Madrid

2000-2003 Art teacher at private fine arts academy Estudio Artium Peña

2005 History studies at UNED university, Madrid

2003-2009 Owner, director and art teacher of Estudio de pintura Torre, Madrid

2009 Lecturer at Castalia Iuris gallery, Castellón

2010 Owner of art school La Mina, Madrid,

2010 Philosophie studies at UNED (long distance) university, Madrid

Since 2010 working as a freelance artist in Berlin


Death Maiden. City by J H de la Torre

Death Maiden. City by J H de la Torre


2008 IB gallery, Madrid

2007 Escuela superior de artes cerámicas de Alcora.

2006 Castalia Iuris gallery, Castellón

2005 Art D´am gallery, Castellón

2003 Art D´am gallery, Castellón.

2001 Art D´am gallery, Castellón.

1993 Art show-room Guadalupe, Madrid.

1993 Karikato gallery, Valencia



2011 Meliá White House, London

2006 I.B gallery, Madrid

2005 Itinerant exhibition Villaviciosa de Asturias.

2005 Montcada i Reixac gallery, Barcelona.

2004 Drawing award Gregorio Prieto 2004, Madrid

2004 Fandós institution, Villareal

2002 Fine Arts Museum, Castellón

2002 Itinerant exhibition “In viagio”, Turín.

2000 Margarita Summers gallery, Madrid.

1997 Bulevares gallery, Madrid.

1994-95 Itinerant exhibition biennial of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean Lisbon 1994. Madrid, Málaga, Sevilla, Huelva, Valencia, Almería y Granada

1994 Exhibition biennial of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Lisbon



2007 Art fair “Artemanía”, Madrid

2007 Art fair “Arte Sevilla”, Sevilla



2004 Honorable mention at national drawing award “Gregorio Prieto”.

1999 Art scholarship Estudio ARTIUM PEÑA.

1994 Biennial of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Ilustration field representing Spain.


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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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