and the Hesperides
-- American painter
of Fine Arts,
of 1912 and Picture Fund 25.643
at the MFA)
Stairway Side Aisle mural
unframed: 307.3 cm (120 in.)
Atlas's job was to
hold up the earth.
He also owned the pillars that kept the earth and sky apart (which we
in the background). Atlas was the father of the Hesperides -- the
nymphs of sleep, and who (when they weren't sleeping) were supposed to
the Hesperides garden which contained a tree that produced golden
The tree had been given to Hera when she married Zeus as a wedding gift
by the goddess Gaia (goddess of Mother Earth). The Hesperides garden
located next to where Apollo lived (the god of the sun) which we are
in the distance.
To steal the golden
be Hercules' eleventh labor (see Hercules and the Hydra).
and the Hydra
- See the year in
of Fine Arts, Boston