A mermaid is a marine creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria. Mermaids can be benevolent or beneficent.
Évariste Vital Luminais (13 October 1821–10 or 15 May 1896) was a French painter. He is best known for works depicting early French history and is sometimes called “the painter of the Gauls”.