As a child when I read the Greek myth about Pandora, I didn't have a lot of patience with her. My attitude was pretty much like the guy in Walter Crane's illustration:
Pandora Opens The Box
by Walter Crane
But now that I have kids and pets, I have more sympathy with youthful blunders. Our puppy Lucy, for example, has a real weakness for my plants. As in, they smell delicious and are just right for chewing. I have asked her to leave them alone, but clearly, just telling her to avoid temptation is not going to do the trick.
Obviously a lot more is at stake in Pandora's case, but she doesn't know that, does she? I think maybe that's why Frederick S. Church's version is a particular favorite of mine. The poor thing has realized what she's done and is trying to close the box back up.
Opened up a Pandora's box
Frederick Stuart Church
More Pandora, starting with Waterhouse's version, which seems like it would be captioned "I'll just take a little peek":
by John William Waterhouse
by Odilon Redon
by Alexandre Cabanel
Pandora porcelain plate
After Charles Lenoir. Signed: O. Dietrich.
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
by Helen Stratton - A book of myths (1915)
Detail of terracotta vessel with Pandora myth
photo by Pilar Torres
by Andrew Junge