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Pandora's Box

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Jean Schonwalter, Pandora's Box, 1971, lithograph on paper, Gift of the Artist, © unknown, research required, 92.178

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Title

Pandora's Box

Artist

Jean Schonwalter (American, 1919-1998)

Date

1971

Medium

lithograph on paper

Edition

22/50

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 15 5/8 in x 11 in; sheet: 22 in x 16 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

planographic print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of the Artist

Accession Number

92.178

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

lithography

Pandora

paper

planographic printing

planographic prints

Description

In Greek myth, the smith god Hephaistos created Pandora, the very first woman, at Zeus’s request. Every god gave Pandora (whose name means “all-gifts”) a present; Zeus’s gift to her was a sealed box, which he forbade her to open. Overcome by curiosity, she peered inside and unwittingly unleashed all the sorrows of life: disease, grief, strife, and conflict. The only thing left remaining in the box was Elpis (hope).

In Jean Schonwalter’s twentieth-century version, Pandora’s Box is a do-it-yourself folding contraption illustrated with a hint of what’s inside.

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