painting in layers, dress is metallic silver paint, slightly transparent, different views show different amounts of her nude figure, all oil paint
ABOUT THE WORK
Material: oil paint, metallic paint,linen
The famous Greek myth is like so many of our ancient legendary stories about the various qualities of humanity,... Read More
The famous Greek myth is like so many of our ancient legendary
stories about the various qualities of humanity, in that the gods play
their antics while the humans, especially women, take the blame. In
this case, the first woman created by Hephaestus was called Pandora (whose name means “all gifted”).
Zeus and the gods made her as a punishment to Prometheus for
stealing fire and giving it to the humans. She was created to become
the wife of the brother of Prometheus, Epimetheus, and she was flawed by
design. The gift of a beautiful woman gave the gods the opportunity to
play a trick that would hurt Prometheus' beloved humanity. The gift,
Curiosity, was from the mischievous god Hermes. Pandora was given many
gifts, including the famous container that, once opened, would unleashed
the sorrows of the world. Only Hope would remain.
But what was her real curiosity? This is a naughty painting.
Note the silhouetted figure of Hermes, himself anticipating Pandora to
go for “it.” The phrase "Pandora’s Box" was mistranslated and was
originally "jar." So, I took this liberty to strategically place an
antique-style olive oil jar directly in front of the spread legs of the
male god, a phallus if you choose to see it. She is intrigued and her
choice is our undoing. But it takes two to tango and Hermes bears more
of the blame. The gods set her up to fail, but in the end, she also
gave us Hope.
This figure painting depicts the moments before Pandora's
curiosity gets the better of her. Hermes not only entices her, luring
her, but waits for the inevitable attraction and action. In the
background of the cave, you see other people looking on in shock,
amazement, and with their own curiosity showing.
The silver dress may look opaque or transparent, depending on
viewpoint. You will see many little lizards looking in (two are making
whoopie), and in the top left, a spider drops into the scene on a single
thread. Hermes is recognized by his wings at his ears and feet, as
well as the Caduceus that rests on the dirt floor near his left hand.
This oil on linen painting is in mostly neutral colors, but also
features a contrast between a cool violet light from the upper left and
a warm orange light source from the center right. Enjoy! The painting is framed and ready to hang, with hooks on each end of the linen canvas.