Artist: Odilon Redon (French, Bordeaux 1840–1916 Paris)

Date: ca. 1914

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 56 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (143.5 x 62.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Alexander M. Bing, 1959

Accession Number: 60.19.1


Between 1908 and 1914, Redon was repeatedly drawn to represent the mythic beauties Venus, Andromeda, and Pandora. Here, he depicts Pandora—the exquisite woman fashioned from clay by the god Vulcan and sent to earth by Jupiter—as a graceful nude amid a profusion of flowers. Her innocence still intact, Pandora cradles in her arms the box that, when opened, will unleash all the evils destined to plague mankind, thereby bringing to an end the legendary Golden Age of humanity.