Pros and Cons

  • The question eternally plaguing philosophers of all ages and schools: what was in the beginning of the world (life)?
  • In the painting, two men are placed against the background of a Mediterranean landscape. They are dressed in chitons, ancient Greek garments that were pinned at the shoulder. One figure points up toward the sky, the other points down to the earth.
  • The scene reminds us of School of Athens by Raphael.
  • The two disputing figures could be Plato and Aristotle.

At the forefront, there is a male statue in the likeness of Femida, the goddess of justice. The symbolism of the painting is in the juxtaposition of the eternal question about the origins of the world and the existential paradox of what came first – was it the chicken or the egg?