by Canova - The Louvre, Paris
(Photo Above) Bonded White Marble on Black Base
$456 (less Internet discount
Note: We have a few of the above with
an electroplated bronze finish instead of white on closeout.
Price is $95
According to one of the most romantic of the Greek and Roman
myths, the lovely Psyche had through her great beauty incited
jealousy in the heart of Venus herself, the goddess of love.
Venus had a son naned Eros (sometimes called Love or Cupid) whom
she used to inflame the hearts of men and women to love or hatred.
Venus dispatched Eros to inspire Psyche with the love of some
base creature but when Eros saw her, he himself was smitten with
love and failed to carry out his mother's orders. he caused Zephyr
to waft her away to his own palace in a beautiful secluded valley.
There he came to her each night in secrecy, having whispered
to her that she must not seek to know his name. Psyche had two
sisters who became envious of the manner of life which the unknown
lover had bestowed upon the youngest of the three. Working upon
her fears and her curiosity, they induced Psyche to light a lamp
while her lover was asleep and to gaze upon him. When pyche did
so, she saw not a monster as they had predicted, but the most
handsome of all youths. In her excitement she let fall upon his
shoulder drops of burning oil from the lamp. Eros awoke and vanished
without farewell. In her despair Psyche went to Venus to beg
forgiveness and to offer to do deeds of penance. Venus was unforgiving
and assigned the most difficult of tasks to the beautiful girl,
but Eros rescued her and at his entreaty she was received among
the gods who united the lovers in marriage. The myth was aptly
selected by Canova for the subject of this romantically appealing
This item is imported from Italy. It is the same as that previously available from Eleganza in Seattle.