My visits to Italy and Greece brought me to the Mythologies:
the story of Venus came into focus.
I visited The city of Pompeii, which was an ancient Roman city near modern Naples, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area.
It was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
It was amazing to walk through the old city, and it was there that the idea for Venus Triumphant was born.
A hint of the Troy conflict, is represented by the live volcano.
• Title: Venus Triumphant
• Subject: Venus with Apple
• Location: Maui, Hawaii
• Completed: 1989
• Pieces: One
• Style: Visionary
• Colors: Blue, White
• Signed: Yes
• Frame: n/a
• Purchase: Giclee, Original
The judgement of Paris was a contest between the three most beautiful goddesses of Olympus- Aphrodite, Hera and Athena- for the prize of a golden apple inscribed to “the fairest”.
The story begins at the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, to which all of the gods were invited, all except for Eris, the goddess of discord. When she appeared at the festivities she was turned away and in her anger cast a golden apple amongst the assembled goddesses addressed “To the Fairest.”
All three goddesses laid claim to the apple–Aphrodite, Hera and Athena. Zeus was asked to mediate and he commanded Hermes to lead the three goddesses to Paris of Troy, to decide the issue. The three goddesses appearing before the shepherd prince, each offering him gifts for favour. He chose Aphrodite, swayed by her promise to bestow upon him Helene, the most beautiful mortal woman, for His wife. The subsequent abduction of Helene led directly to the Trojan War.