|Spode (1770-1833) 7 inch Love Chase pattern plate/printed underglaze in blue and painted over the glaze in iron red, ca. 1810|
|Love Chase detail/Hippomenes and Atalanta during the race (the orange color is from my flash, the color of the plate is as above).|
|Love Chase Detail|
While searching the Internet, I found a lovely painting that could have been the inspiration for Hippomenes throwing the apples.
|Atalanta and Hippomenes by Guido Reno, 1622-1625/The painting is in the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples|
When I was a child I loved Greek Mythology. The gods and goddesses were powerful, but most of the mortals were heroes. I used to imagine that I would be as clever and strong as a hero. Today, I find the stories quite dark. No matter what you do, the results of your choices are not in your control.