Mystery of the Golden Apple

Detail from part of the painting 'Mystery of the Golden Apple'. Egg tempera paint and mixed media on paper

Detail from part of the painting ‘Mystery of the Golden Apple‘. Egg tempera paint and mixed media on paper

 

Ancient myth of the ‘Golden Apple’

The ancient Greek myth of the ‘Golden Apple’ has influenced many stories such as the fairy tales Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Malificent.  In the earliest version of the myth, Zeus held a banquet in celebration of the marriage of Peleus and Thetis.  Eris (or Strife) was not invited and so arrived at the celebration with a golden apple to disrupt harmony.  This apple was addressed ‘to the fairest’.  Three goddesses claimed the title ‘Fairest’ namely Hera, Athena and Aphrodite.  Zeus delegated Hermes to take the goddesses to Mount Ida for Alexandros (Paris) to choose one of the three gifts. The later versions of this myth, often known as ‘The Judgement of Paris’, described a beauty contest between three beautiful female nude goddesses.

Mystery of the Golden Apple

This contemporary artwork is set in the 1930s with an art deco theme.  It has been created with egg tempera, and gouache paint on paper.  It features Hera, Athena and Aphrodite contemplating the dilemma at the wedding.