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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Abduction of Psyche and a dark angel

                                                    Edited May 02, 2012

Let's look at Psyche.To make connections, you need to visit a blog Pan and Satyr. (Second blog in June)
PSYCHE was the goddess of the soul, wife of Eros the god of love.

She was once a mortal princess whose astounding beauty earned the ire of Aphrodite when men turned their worship from goddess to girl. Aphrodite commanded Eros make Psyche fall in love with the most hideous of men, but the god himself fell in love with her and carried her away to his secret palace. However Eros hid his true identity, and commanded her never to look upon his face. Psyche was eventually tricked by her jealous sisters into gazing upon the face of god, and he abandoned her. In her despair, she searched throughout the world for her lost love, and eventually came into the service of Aphrodite. The goddess commanded her perform a series of difficult labors which culminated in a journey to the Underworld. In the end Psyche was reunited with Eros and the couple wed in a ceremony attended by the gods.

Psyche was depicted in ancient mosaics as a butterfly winged goddess in the company of her husband Eros. Sometimes a pair of Psyche are portrayed, the second perhaps being their daughter Hedone (Pleasure.)

Antakya Museum, Antakya, Turkey Date: C3rd AD
Butterfly-winged Psyche (Soul) steals the bow and arrows of the sleeping dove-winged god Eros (Love).

Antakya Museum, Antakya, Turkey, C3rd AD
The winged god Eros (love personified) stands on the butterfly wings of two Psyches (Souls) flitting across the sea, driving them with a whip. The two Psyches of myth were named Psyche and Hedone.

Psyche in Greek means a soul.

 Psyche and Cupid, by Joseph Berger,

 The Awakening of Psyche, by Guillaume Seignac

 Psyche Entering Cupid's Garden, John William Waterhouse,

 The Father of Psyche Consulting the Oracle of Apollo, by Francois-Pascal-Simon Gerard

 Giulio Romano, Psyche pleading with Venus

 Luca Giordano, Venus Punishing Psyche With a Task

 The Labours of Psyche, by John Roddamn Spencer Stanhope

 Psyche and Charon, by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope

 Psyche in the Underworld, after Paul Alfred de Curzon

 Psyche Obtaining the Elixir of Beauty from Proserpine

 Raphael, Venus and Psyche

 Giulio Romano, The Wedding of Cupid 

 Raphael, Wedding Banquet of Cupid and Psyche
 The Wedding of Psyche, by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Psyche Served by Invisible Spirits, Luca Giordano


 Adolphe William Bouguereau, The Abduction of Psyche 

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Cupid and Psyche

Pan and Psyche, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Pan's Garden,  Sir Edward Burne-Jones

We see Satyr again.

Love's Passing, Evelyn de   Morgan

Let's look at paintings of William-Adolphe Bouguereau
We see butterfly again.

 The Prisoner

Let's look at transition of Cupid. So, Cupid became a dark angel Naughty

Cupid and Psyche, by Jean Baptiste Regnault, (1828)

Raphael,  Cupid and Three Graces

  Cupid and Psyche by Orazio Gentileschi

Cupid and Psyche, by Benjamin West, 

 François  Gérard, Cupid and Psyche

    Edward Burne-Jones, Cupid and Psyche

 Cupid Delivering Psyche, by Sir Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Evelyn de Morgan, Venus and Cupid

 Cupid and Psyche, by Annie Swynnerton
 Let's look at another paintings of Evelyn de Morgan.

Angel of Death

  Evelyn de Morgan, The dead area                                     

We do associate dark angel with death. So, if we see cupid that turned into a dark angel, we may ask if it is about love or death....death of the soul, perhaps.

Soul in Bondage, Elihu Vedder (1836-1923) is an American painter who had a strong taste for the mystical and the occult. You can notice a butterfly again. 

Soul in Bondage, Elihu Vedder                              

 Death of a Butterfly, Evelyn de Morgan

We know this one.

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Music Angel.  So, Pan,  dark angel, plays music.
Angel, Sir Edward Burne-Jones

And more dark angels.                      

Edward Burne-Jones,The Annunciation                                                  
The Star of Bethlehem, Edward Burne-Jones. And a dark angel again.

Let's look at another intriguing painting of a dark angel.

Bernardo Cavallino,The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia... Ecstasy....... with a dark angel.
Oh, those mystics and saints.

Let's look at Evelyn de Morgan's paintings again.

The Kingdom of Heaven Suffereth Violence and the Violent Take it by Force, Evelyn De Morgan
   The Captives, Evelyn de Morgan                            

    The Vision, Evelyn de Morgan                                   

             Save Our Souls, Evelyn de Morgan         

Elihu Vedder The  Cup of Death

This image represents a pun derived from a famous line in Virgil's tenth Eclogue, "Love conquers all." The Latin word omnia, like the Greek word pan, signifies "all," while amor, the Latin name for Cupid, means "love," so that Cupid's victorious combat with the woodland god is a visual translation of the phrase.

   Love the Misleader Evelyn de Morgan