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Title
The painting "Atlanta's Race" by Poynter
Creator
Pierce, C.C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946
Poynter, Edward J
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
Collection
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Rights Information
Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189
Public Domain. Release under the CC BY Attribution license--http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--Credit both “University of Southern California. Libraries” and “California Historical Society” as the source. Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California
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Description
Photograph of the painting "Atlanta's Race" by Poynter, [s.d.]. The painting depicts the mythical race between Atlanta and Melanion. In the right foreground, Atlanta stoops to pick up a golden apple thrown at her feet by Melanion, shown farther left, who still retains one apple in his hand and can be seen looking back at his opponent. In the background, various greek spectators line either side of a causeway that ends at a tall pillar in the background.
The myth entails Melanion's plot to win a resistant Atlanta's hand in marriage. Gifted with the three golden apples from Aphrodite, Melanion is said to have challenged Atlanta to a race he could not win under normal terms as a wager for marriage. Each time, as Atlanta gained on him, Melanion dropped an apple which Atlanta consistently stopped to retrieve. This lost her the race and wed her to Melanion.
E.J. Poynter, one of the last Victorian classical painters, was born in Paris in 1836. He continued to paint classical themes until his death in 1919, long after classical paintings had gone out of vogue.
Type
image
Format
1 photograph : photoprint, b&w
14 x 25 cm.
photographic prints
photographs
art
Identifier
chs-m18244
USC-1-1-1-14104 [Legacy record ID]
CHS-8870
http://doi.org/10.25549/chs-m18244
http://thumbnails.digitallibrary.usc.edu/CHS-8870.jpg
Subject
Art--Greek
Art
Cities
Source
8870 [Accession number]
CHS-8870 [Call number]
California Historical Society [Contributing entity]
unidentified no: H-1485 [Identifying number]
Relation
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960
USC
chs-m265

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