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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


Apples of the hesperides

  • 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.


Apples of the hesperides

  • Part of 12 in Temple of Zeus (Olympia) depicting all his Labours

  • (470 - 456 BCE)

  • They depict the hero performing each of his labours over the course of his career, so that, biography-like, the images take us from the young hero to the tired old man.


Apples of the hesperides

Herakles

Athena

Atlas


Apples of the hesperides

  • The control of the artists within the square are containing the figures is particularly masterful

  • His moods are transparent reflected in his expressions

  • In the case of the Apples of the Hesperides is of intense effort


Woodford

Woodford

  • 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.


Apples of the hesperides

  • 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


Apples of the hesperides

  • Three simple verticals dominate the design, relived by the strong horizontal accents of Atlas’ extended arms.

  • Yet within this austere composition there is systematic variation, for Atlas’ body is shown in three quarter view

  • While Herakles is in profile and Athena in is full frontal


Apples of the hesperides

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