Paul MONTFORD, Atalanta defeated (Atalanta and the golden apples) Enlarge 1 /1


London, England 1868 – Melbourne, Australia 1938

  • Australia from 1923

Atalanta defeated (Atalanta and the golden apples) c.1900 Place made: London, Greater London, England
Creation Notes: date of cast unknown
Materials & Technique: sculptures, bronze cast and patinated Support: marble base
Place Published: London

Primary Insc: signed, not dated, on base of bronze l.l. inscribed "Paul R Montford Sc"
Dimensions: work 54.9 h x 23.2 w x 18.5 d cm base 7.4 h x 20.9 w x 20.8 d total 62.3 h x 23.2 w x 20.8 d
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1970
Accession No: NGA 70.68

In Greek mythology, Atalanta was the athletic huntress who promised to marry the first man who could outrun her. Those who lost the race also lost their lives. With the guidance of Aphrodite, Hippomenes won the race by dropping three golden apples in Atalanta’s path during their contest. Unable to resist stopping to pick up the fruit, Atalanta lost the race. Here Montford depicts Atalanta after the race, still holding one of the golden apples that brought about her defeat.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra