CUPID AND PSYCHE, 1808 BY BENJAMIN WEST

 

Derived from ancient Roman text that chronicles the torrid love affair between Cupid, a god, and Psyche, a mortal princess. Details in the painting, include a silver urn at Psyche's feet, birds engaged in airborne struggle, and a menacing sea serpent—  allude to several of the difficult tasks assigned to Psyche by Cupid's jealous mother, Venus, as requisites for uniting the two lovers.

The love story of Cupid and Psyche has been retold in poetry, painting and sculpture. A tale of youthful awakening that triumphs adversity, and ultimately, family reconciliation.

 

 

Cupid and Psyche, 1808, by Benjamin West