Pandora – 1860 Marble
John Gibson - V&A Museum
In Greek mythology, Pandora was equivalent to Eve, the first woman ever created. Jupiter, the kings of the Gods, gave her a mysterious box, instructed her to guard it, but specifically warned her never to open it. Assailed by a ravenous curiosity she could not tame, Pandora tragically opened the box and released all evil upon humanity. This sculpture depicts a downcast, seminude Pandora with one hand placed over the box, wondering whether she should open it. It is interesting to note that be it in the Judeo-Christian tradition or be it in Greek mythology, women have been given the short end of the stick when it comes to explaining the origins of human misery.