The picture is from a statue of Veritas
(Truth) sculpted by artist Audrey Flack.
Prometheus and Truth, an Aesop’s Fable
Prometheus, that potter who gave shape to our new generation, decided one day to sculpt a statue of Truth, using all his skill so that she would be able to regulate people’s behavior.
As he was working, an unexpected summons from mighty Jupiter called him away. Prometheus left cunning Trickery in charge of his workshop (Trickery had recently become one of the god’s apprentices).
Fired by ambition, Trickery used the time at his disposal to fashion with his sly fingers a figure of the same size and appearance as Truth with identical features. When he had almost completed the piece, which was truly remarkable, he ran out of clay to use for her feet.
The master returned, so Trickery quickly sat down in his seat, quaking with fear.
Prometheus was amazed at the similarity of the two statues and wanted it to seem as if all the credit were due to his own skill. Therefore, he put both statues in the kiln and when they had been thoroughly baked, he infused them both with life: sacred Truth walked with measured steps, while her unfinished twin stood stuck in her tracks.
That forgery, that product of subterfuge, thus acquired the name of Falsehood, and I readily agree with people who say that she has no feet: every once in a while something that is false can start off successfully, but with time the Truth is sure to prevail.
– Sculpture of Veritas et Justitia in Tampa, Florida>>
– Sculpture Audrey Flack’s website>>
– Aesop’s Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002) 530. Prometheus and Truth, Aesopica>>