DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Paul MONTFORD | Atalanta defeated (Atalanta and the golden apples)

England 1868 – Australia 1938-01-15
Australia from 1923
Atalanta defeated (Atalanta and the golden apples) c.1900
cast and patinated
marble base
work 54.9 (h) x 23.2 (w) x 18.5 (d) cm
signed, not dated, on base of bronze l.l. inscribed "Paul R Montford Sc"
Purchased 1970
NGA 1970.68

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.

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