T20.2 ATLAS & GAEA
|Museum Collection||Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas|
|Beazley Archive No.||N/A|
|Ware||Apulian Red Figure|
|Painter||Attributed to the Underworld Painter|
|Period||Late Classical / Early Hellenistic|
Detail of Atlas and Gaea from a painting depicting Heracles' quest for the golden apples. The Titan Atlas is seated on a throne and holds a royal sceptre in his hand. Gaea (the Earth) stands beside him. She is depicted as a matronly woman holding a sceptre. Heracles, accompanied by the god Hermes, approaches from the left (not shown). To the right of Gaea, one of the Hesperides stands beside a serpent-entwined tree (not shown). The figures of Atlas and Gaea (Ga) are both labelled on the vase.