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Pandora

Executed in Rome in 1858, Pandora is generally recognized as Chauncey Bradley Ives' greatest work for its grace and classical purity as well as for its emotional expressiveness.

 

Pandora, a figure of Greek mythology, was sent to earth to punish Prometheus for stealing fire from the gods. Stirred by curiosity, she removed the top of a box she was forbidden to open, thereby releasing all the evils previously unknown to the world; only hope remained inside. She is shown here on the verge of opening the box.

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Taken on May 1, 2011