CUPID AND PSYCHE
ACCORDING TO ONE LEGEND EROS HIMSELF FELL IN LOVE.
This legend tells us that Eros was always at his mothers side assisting her in all her conniving and godly affairs. Aphrodite became jealous of the beauty of a mortal, a beautiful young woman named Psyche. In her fit of jealousy Aphrodite asked Eros to shoot his arrow into the heart of Psyche and make her fall in love with the ugliest man on earth. He agreed to carry out his mothers wishes, but on seeing her beauty Eros fell deeply in love with Psyche himself. He would visit her every night, but he made himself invisible by telling Psyche not to light her chamber. Psyche fell in love with Eros even though she could not see him, until one night curiosity overcame her. She concealed a lamp and while Eros slept she lit the lamp, revealing the identity of Eros. But a drop of hot oil spilt from the lamp awakening the god. Angered she had seen him Eros fled and the distraught Psyche roamed the earth trying in vain to find her lover. In the end Zeus took pity and reunited them, he also gave his consent for them to marry. There are variations of this legend. Cupid and Psyche is a story from the latin novel Metamorphoses, also known as The Golden Ass ,written in the 2nd century AD by Apuleius.
From Paris Louvre Museum, Antonio Canova 1757-1822. I love the room and psyche Castel S'Antangelo Rome.