hebe was the daughter of zeus and hera - she worked as a cupbearer for the gods of olympus, serving them nectar and ambrosia. this piece depicts the sorrow of hebe after apollo stripped the goddess of her role because she tripped and her dress came undone, thus exposing her body in front of the olympians (hence the title of the painting).
“Do you ever wonder why mortals seek love so fervently?” asks Hermes, filling his goblet with more of Dionysus’ best wine.
Dionysus is thinking of Ariadne again as he smiles sadly, “They walk through life only two steps ahead of death. Imagine what it must be like to know you are finite. You would constantly seek the beauty of love too, if you knew you were doomed. If you knew how your book ends, wouldn’t you want to fill it with beautiful things like love, too?”
Nikita Gill, Excerpts from Maidens, Myths and Monsters