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Pandora by Cyril-Helnwein Pandora by Cyril-Helnwein
In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman. Each god helped create her by giving her unique gifts. Zeus ordered her creation as a punishment for mankind, in retaliation for Prometheus' having stolen fire and then giving it to humans for their use. She is most famous for carrying a pithos (jar) containing all the world's evils. She releases these evils, and tries to close the lid but it was too late, everything escaped bar one last thing - Hope, Humanity's only salvation.

From my photo-series "Myths & Fairytales".
This is not a digitally manipulated photograph.
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Given 2011-08-16
A legend recreated - this wonderful piece is a fantastic illustration of Pandora's Box
Pandora by ~Cyril-Helnwein ( Featured by Kaz-D )
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Really beautiful image! :heart:
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AGUIRRE-God-Of-Wrath Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It must be - that she opened the box !
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Ah! :-)
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AGUIRRE-God-Of-Wrath Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Must be!
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Sorry, I don't understand... must be what?
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:iconwiebkerost:
wiebkerost Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012   General Artist
Ich finde es schön immer wieder zu so einem Bild zurückzukommen. Eher oder später wird man doch zwangsläufig zum Optimist und das Foto passt sehr gut dazu. <3
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
That's probably only because you are a happy Mensch, even if you try to deny it! :-)
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:iconwiebkerost:
wiebkerost Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012   General Artist
Haha, whatever that means... you know happiness, you also know sadness and so on. A 'happy' Mensch also always knows the flipside of the coin... Anyway, love this photo. :)
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PilotErick Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
OMG!!!! A LIGHT BULB
D:
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?
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:iconpiloterick:
PilotErick Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
NO, NOT REALLY!!! IT'S UNBELIEVABLE!!!!111!!!one!!1!eleven!

XD
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:iconxoeff:
Xoeff Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
awesome...
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:iconpennyroyaletea:
PennyRoyaleTea Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
That's cool dude.
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
:thumbsup:
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:iconw-photography:
w-photography Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Photographer
Beautiful photo with a beautiful message!
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
:-)
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sandysartunlimited Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I would like to paint this picture if its ok with you. I would send you the final product and credit you in any exhibit.
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:icondasgregories:
dasgregories Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
NICE! its amazing how something so simple can be so beautiful!
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:icondystar:
dystar Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?! WHAT'S IN THE BOX?! Congrats on the Daily!
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:iconcharligal-stock:
charligal-stock Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Congrats on the DD, it is well deserved.
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Cheers! :)
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:iconcharligal-stock:
charligal-stock Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
No probs.
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HideouslyDisfigured Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
lovely (: i like her dress
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:iconambou:
ambou Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
<3!
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YukiRiiku18 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so wonderfully shot and the lighting just NAILS it! Well done :D
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:iconredsun81:
Redsun81 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
wow very nice picture!
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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:iconmagicbunni:
MagicBunni Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! Sad story, blaming this poor woman for the world's ills. At least she captured hope.
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
women traditionally get blamed for everything (adam & eve)! :)
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daydreamer1324 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, it doesn't matter if it's manipulated or not it's beautiful. Just plain beautiful.
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ShadowPhoenix16 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. ")
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xJeniflowerx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Actually, it was a jar rather than a box in classic Greek mythology. But other than that, it's a stunning photo :D I love how the light illuminates the room.
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Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Ah yes, the famous pithos finger pointing by the history geeks. Doesn't make a difference to me personally as I'm not here teaching mythology, but for the sake of this image the box was the only thing possible (you could not get that kind of light coming out of a pithos).
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Amy-Heartbreak Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Awesome <3
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Danke! :)
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aktigerlily Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
o gosh. i love this. i actually just wrote a story about this, kinda a rick riordan fan fic type thing. this makes me happy. and your model's beautiful!
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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aktigerlily Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Welcome!
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brambleweed73 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that the photo is not digitally altered.
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princessFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
nicely done!
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faster-by-choice Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student General Artist
This is neat! I like how the darkness of the room really plays up the light coming from the box. It's...mysterious, in a way. And the model looks so curious, just as the real Pandora was.
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Nullibicity Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is just too gorgeous! I am speechless and cannot say enough how much I love this. The model did a wonderful job as did you! Just beautifully done, and I congratulate you on the much deserved DD ! :)
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks very much!
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:iconsandysartunlimited:
sandysartunlimited Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I don't wknow if you got my previous message. But I would ask your permission to paint this beautiful composition. I will send you the finished product and credit you in every exhibit. Please see my work on www.sandysartunlimited.com
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Sure, no problem. Please credit / link to cyrilhelnwein.com, not my page here.
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sandysartunlimited Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome. Thank you. I will try to do justice to your work. Hope you like it.
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Cool, let me know when it's done!
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sandysartunlimited Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Well it's going to take a while because I'm still going to school full time but I have the feeling it will be one of my best paintings. Let's hope. lol.
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:iconcyril-helnwein:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
No worries, look forward to seeing it when you're done.
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:iconnullibicity:
Nullibicity Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You are most welcome! I hope this piece gets the recognition it deserves :D
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