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Apples of the Hesperides. Barn Kiddle. When Zeus and Hera were married they were given golden apples by their grandmother Gaia, and these were kept far to the west of the known world (i.e. in the Atlantic), guarded by a dragon and the daughters of Atlas and Hesperis .

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Apples of the hesperides

Apples of the Hesperides

Barn Kiddle


  • When Zeus and Hera were married they were given golden apples by their grandmother Gaia, and these were kept far to the west of the known world (i.e. in the Atlantic), guarded by a dragon and the daughters of Atlas and Hesperis.

  • After travelling through the entire world, Herakles reached the land of the Hyperboreans where Atlas stood supporting the universe. Herakles offered to hold up this burden while Atlas fetched the apples from his daughters. When Atlas returned, Herakles tricked him into taking back the universe.

  • After Herakles gave the apples to Eurytheus, the king handed them back, and Athena, Herakles’ protector, returned them to their proper place.



Herakles Labours

Athena

Atlas



Woodford
Woodford the figures is particularly masterful

  • Herakles’ reward at the end of the Labours was immortality

  • This was symbolised by the apples given to him by Atlas

  • Herakles’ enforced stillness contrasts with Atlas’ freedom of movement.

  • Athena who stands quietly by choice turns towards Herakles and rasises one hand effortlessly to ease his burden.


  • She is wearing a heavy peplos which falls deep in sparse folds

  • The formula for indicating the stance of the figure beneath the drapery is becoming conventional:

  • straight folds, uninterrupted, fall over the supporting leg; over the projecting knee of the weightless leg, they are smoothed out



Fin strong horizontal accents of Atlas’ extended arms.


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