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Pandora

by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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Pandora - Description

Victorian Classicist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s 1891 watercolor Pandora is a classical interpretation of the “first woman” in Greek mythology. Pandora is depicted here in front of a loosely painted seaside cavern. Behind her rolls an unusually turbulent ocean. Most of Alma-Tadema’s work depicts an ocean that is calm. His canvases are usually flooded with harmony and yet this painting is anything but harmonious. Pandora’s face shows slight weariness around the eyes as she holds the box that contains all of the world’s evil. Classically adorned with red hair against a blue sky, another staple by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Pandora appears naked beyond the covering over breast from her long locks. She is the centerpiece of this painting, the shot being a close up of her profile which offers an unusually close perspective for Alma-Tadema’s work. At this perspective it is possible to see the mastery of form and detail owned by Sir Lawrence. The piece is not governed by the use of many straight or definitive lines but rather through close attention to blending and composition. It is a turbulent and slightly haunting piece but still filled with beauty and an aura of lighthearted splendor. This painting differs from the placid approach usually taken by Alma-Tadema and is more indicative of a confrontational approach to the subject of Pandora, placing her alone and as the centerpiece of this magnificent seaside display.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Pandora

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Style: Classicism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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