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Cupid and Psyche
by Francois Gerard
(1770-1837)
Greek and Roman Mythology
Psyche by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1892.
• There was once a king
who had three
daughters, but the
youngest, Psyche,
exc...
• Venus summoned her winged son [Cupid] and
implored him to make Psyche fall in love with “the
vilest and most despicable ...
• Unfortunately for
Aphrodite, Cupid found
Psyche just as lovely as
everyone else. He
himself fell in love with
Psyche.
Psyche’s Parents Offering Sacrifice to Apollo
by Luca Giordano, 1692-1702.
• Cupid begged Apollo to help him, giving an or...
Psyche Served by Invisible Spirits
by Luca Giordano, 1692-1702.
• Cupid gave Psyche servants,
a mansion to live in, and al...
Cupid and Psyche
by Jaques-Louis David, 1817.
• Cupid himself always appeared at
night and left before sunrise.
• Without ...
Psyche Showing Her Sisters Her Gifts From Eros
by Jean-Honore Fragonard, 1753.
• It was not until Psyche’s
sisters visited...
Cupid and Psyche
Jean-Baptiste Regnault
• Psyche gazed at the
sleeping Cupid.
• The unsteady hands
made “some hot oil
fall...
Psyche at the Throne of Aphrodite
by Edward Hale, 1883.
• Psyche found Cupid no where so
she went to Venus for help.
• Ven...
All the tasks Psyche had
were helped by others
• Task 1: sorted seeds, wheat and poppy and
millet and so on. (Helped by an...
Venus Punishing Psyche with a Task
by Luca Giordano, 1692-1702.
The last task
• Put some of Proserpine’s
beauty into a box.
• Curiosity drove Psyche to
open the box.
• However, there was nothing in the box but
“a deadly languor.” (P. 104)
• It took possession of her and Psyche fell
into ...
• “Cupid was healed of his wound” and
found Psyche. (P. 104)
• Cupid woke Psyche with a prick from one
of his arrows.
• Cupid pleaded Jupiter
to make Psyche his wife
and immortal.
• Jupiter: “Even though
you have done me great
harm in the past –
seriously injured my good
name and my dignity by
making ...
• The assemblage of gods
consent Cupid and
Psyche’s marriage.
Venus found it “ok” as
well since Psyche “could
not be much ...
“So all came to a most
happy end. Love and soul
(for this is what Psyche
means) had sought and,
after some trials, found
e...
The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche by Pompeo Batoni, 1756
Q&A
• Cupid and Psyche’s story is a very romantic
one. From the story we learn that it is a
difficult matter to keep “Love...
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Cupid and Psyche

Psyche (Soul and Spirit): Mortal
Cupid: Immortal
Immortal+Mortal = Immortal

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Cupid and Psyche

  1. 1. Cupid and Psyche by Francois Gerard (1770-1837) Greek and Roman Mythology
  2. 2. Psyche by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1892. • There was once a king who had three daughters, but the youngest, Psyche, excelled her sisters. • As word spread of Psyche’s beauty, worship of the actual goddess was neglected and Venus got mightily pissed.
  3. 3. • Venus summoned her winged son [Cupid] and implored him to make Psyche fall in love with “the vilest and most despicable creature.” (p.96)
  4. 4. • Unfortunately for Aphrodite, Cupid found Psyche just as lovely as everyone else. He himself fell in love with Psyche.
  5. 5. Psyche’s Parents Offering Sacrifice to Apollo by Luca Giordano, 1692-1702. • Cupid begged Apollo to help him, giving an oracle to let Psyche’s family bring her to the summit of a rocky hill, saying that “her destined husband, a fearful winged serpent, stronger than the gods themselves, would come to her and make her his wife.” (P. 97)
  6. 6. Psyche Served by Invisible Spirits by Luca Giordano, 1692-1702. • Cupid gave Psyche servants, a mansion to live in, and all the gifts; however, he bid Psyche not to steal a glance at him.
  7. 7. Cupid and Psyche by Jaques-Louis David, 1817. • Cupid himself always appeared at night and left before sunrise. • Without seeing her husband, Psyche knew that he was not a monster but a lover she longed for.
  8. 8. Psyche Showing Her Sisters Her Gifts From Eros by Jean-Honore Fragonard, 1753. • It was not until Psyche’s sisters visited that she was persuaded her to take a look of Cupid.
  9. 9. Cupid and Psyche Jean-Baptiste Regnault • Psyche gazed at the sleeping Cupid. • The unsteady hands made “some hot oil fall from the lamp upon Cupid’s shoulder,” making him awake. • Cupid left as he said “love cannot live where there is no trust.” (P. 100)
  10. 10. Psyche at the Throne of Aphrodite by Edward Hale, 1883. • Psyche found Cupid no where so she went to Venus for help. • Venus hated Psyche, thereby she gave Psyche difficult tasks.
  11. 11. All the tasks Psyche had were helped by others • Task 1: sorted seeds, wheat and poppy and millet and so on. (Helped by ants) • Task 2: fetched some shinning wool from sheep with fleeces of gold. (Helped by reed) • Task 3: get the black water from the waterfall of river Styx. (Helped by an eagle)
  12. 12. Venus Punishing Psyche with a Task by Luca Giordano, 1692-1702.
  13. 13. The last task • Put some of Proserpine’s beauty into a box. • Curiosity drove Psyche to open the box.
  14. 14. • However, there was nothing in the box but “a deadly languor.” (P. 104) • It took possession of her and Psyche fell into a heavy sleep.
  15. 15. • “Cupid was healed of his wound” and found Psyche. (P. 104) • Cupid woke Psyche with a prick from one of his arrows.
  16. 16. • Cupid pleaded Jupiter to make Psyche his wife and immortal.
  17. 17. • Jupiter: “Even though you have done me great harm in the past – seriously injured my good name and my dignity by making me change myself into a bull and a swan and so on…. However, I cannot refuse you.” (P. 104) Cupid Pleads with Jupiter by Raphael, 1517-18.
  18. 18. • The assemblage of gods consent Cupid and Psyche’s marriage. Venus found it “ok” as well since Psyche “could not be much on the earth to turn men’s heads and interfere with her own worship” (P. 104)
  19. 19. “So all came to a most happy end. Love and soul (for this is what Psyche means) had sought and, after some trials, found each other; and that union could never be broken.” (P. 104)
  20. 20. The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche by Pompeo Batoni, 1756
  21. 21. Q&A • Cupid and Psyche’s story is a very romantic one. From the story we learn that it is a difficult matter to keep “Love” imprisoned. Please describe the moment you find the most romantic. ^^ • Compare and contrast stories of love from western and eastern culture, what do you find? Is there any specific feature in love story for either culture?

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