Venus deceived the beautiful, yet mortal, Psyche to fall into death’s hands. But as Psyche falls deeper and deeper into the eternal sleep, Venus’ son Cupid revives her with a kiss. Despite his mother’s reprimands, it’s Psyche whom Cupid, the god of love himself, has fallen for.
I went back to Musee du Louvre today with two intentions: to see beyond Egypt (considering I was lost in their antiquities for a good hour) and to see this particular sculpture.
Italian sculptor Antonio Canova captures perfectly the love between Psyche and Cupid. This sculpture is the moment Psyche revives. Notice how gently Cupid holds Psyche as she reaches for him after awakening from the spell. Ah. And that look? Psyche enchants Cupid in her eyes and Cupid enchants her in his.
Mm. Love in the Louvre.