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both tempted by an apple

Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love, beauty and sexuality. She was one of the 12 Olympians.

When her father Ouranos, God of the sky, was castrated by his son, the Titan Cronus, his testicles were thrown into the sea. From the foam (aphros), Aphrodite was born as an adult. Due to her immense beauty Zeus was frightened that she would be the cause of violence between the other Gods. So he married her off to Hephaestus, the lame, dour God of fire. Her unhappiness with this marriage caused Aphrodite to seek out companionship from others, most frequently Ares, but Adonis also counted among her favourites.

She is characterized as vain, ill-tempered and easily offended Aphrodite possessed the mythical apple from the garden of the Hesperides. To be judged ‘the fairest one’, she bribed Paris with the gift of Helen, the most beautiful woman on earth. Thus she became one of a few characters who played a major role in the foreplay to the Trojan War.

painted in 1986, 60X100 CM

Reproductions of this painting are available in sizes:

13,5 cm x 18 cm plain           20€

13,5 cm x 18 cm framed       25€

29,5 cm x 39 cm plain           50€

29,5 cm x 39 cm framed       80€

64 cm x 85 cm plain               175€

64 cm x 85 cm framed           225€

7 cm x 12 cm plexiglass        55€

In this painting she is portrayed as an equal to Eve, for they both were too eager to possess the mythical apple. Through the temptation of this forbidden fruit they gained control over mankind.