Art Inspiration: A Gift From The Gods; Pandora: Aphrodite


Pandora title

  In my life I have had moments that inspire me to create and wonder about different possibilities. Working with children has always been a catalyst for these moments. On a number of occasions I have provided a drawing or art class for the children and their curiosity has inspired many ideas and creations. Some of these inspirations have produced scenes of me drawing them camping, or as characters from Harry Potter, but the majority of them enjoyed me creating a scene based on the Greek gods. I have posted this work so titled The Greek Gods, Distraction on Olympus”.

  This experience was so enjoyable that I have been thinking of creating another scene from Greek Mythology for some time. In the next few weeks I will be posting the different characters of this scene and a little background info on each one. I must emphasize that this drawing is not for the children in my school but an independent work I undertook for my own enjoyment. It is from my imagination and may be a bit adult.

 Aphrodite

  Aphrodite (or Urania) was born when Cronus cut off Uranus’s genitals and cast into the sea. As the semen and blood mixed with the sea-foam it created a woman, who arose from the sea and is known as the beautiful and irresistible goddess, Aphrodite. Her name comes from the Greek word for foam (aphros) yet she was also described by other terms as well. Since her father was Uranus, god of the heavens, she was also known as Heavenly and Celestial, Urania.

  As you may have gathered, Aphrodite is known as the goddess of beauty, love, marriage, pleasure and procreation. She was a very powerful goddess who was worshiped for many things from marriage to prostitution. She inspired many artists to create works of art, music and literature over the centuries, myself included.

  Many deities also attend Aphrodite:

  1. The Three Graces – the Charites are females that represent the aspects of charm and loveliness.
  2. The Hours or Season – the daughters of Zeus and Themis: Horae meaning hours, then time and then seasons. There are four that represent the beautiful qualities of the different time of the year.
  3. Eros – in Greek Myth he is named Eros but many today know him by his other name Cupid. In Greek Myth he came out of Chaos and then attended Aphrodite when she was born. In the Roman or other texts he was the son of Aphrodite and Ares. He was a handsome god of love and desire, but in either case he was Aphrodite’s closest friend and confidant.

   Aphrodite’s role in the creation of Pandora is written, ‘golden Aphrodite to shed grace upon her head and cruel longing and cares that weary the limbs.’ Hesiod, Works & Days 54. In other words she bestowed upon her the beauty, the mystery of sexual attractiveness and desire and the pain that goes with it. This way no man could resist her, mind or body if you know what I mean.

  I drew Aphrodite as a sultry woman with wavy blonde hair. The Mediterranean region is known for more brunettes than blondes but I wanted to depict her as a blonde. Aphrodite is mainly depicted nude but I did not want to go there and I think if you leave something to the imagination you enhance the sexual appeal. Therefore I drew her with a blue dress (colour of the sea) but I made it partially see through or sheer. The dress also has three side openings to enhance the sexual allure. You will also notice that I added seashells as pins to keep the dress from falling apart, another connection to her creation.

  I hope you enjoy my depiction of Aphrodite ‘Goddess of Beauty and Love’ from The Gift From The Gods; Pandora. 

Aphrodite - The goddess of Beauty and Love

Aphrodite – The goddess of Beauty and Love

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