The Birth of Pandora

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Jupiter and Juno are seated on the right, with Mercury seated below and Hebe kneeling with a cup and plate. Pandora reclines on left, with Venus and Cupid holding girdle behind her, two Graces anointing and dressing her hair, while the third Grace ties her sandal. Hymen with the marriage torch looks on as Minerva presents Pandora with a tapestry shuttle to instruct her in the arts. On the far left are Apollo and Bacchus, with Vulcan in front guarding a bird emerging from its shell and releasing a butterfly symbolising Pandora's soul. Behind Jupiter's torch are the Three Fates, one advancing with the urn.

Manchester Art Gallery



The Birth of Pandora




oil on canvas


H 279 x W 520 cm

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purchased, 1856

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