I have always loved the mythological stories.. with Zeus, Venus.. Medusa.. they have fascinated me since I was little. I am by no means a brainiac about them.. the stories that I do know however, I love. In Paris, my favorite thing in the whole city is the annex of the Louvre that holds all the statues. It is picturesque. Enormous rooms, filtered glass window ceilings. The quiet, calm, serene atmosphere of these rooms in contrast to the loud, over-packed halls of the paintings.. I have been there twice and both times the rest of the Louvre was consumed with noise and people. And yet these rooms were quiet with few people in them. Which surprises me…. because this was by far the most beautiful space. It was a welcomed discovery. I spent a long time in these rooms.
My very favorite sculpture is called: Psyché ranimée par le baiser de l’Amour which translates to
Psyche revived by Cupid’s Kiss
(not a very creative title.. i would have chosen something a little less clinical sounding.. but that’s just me)
STORY: There were once a king and queen who had three very beautiful daughters. Psyche, was the youngest and most beautiful of them.
Jealous and infuriated by such blasphemy, Venus, goddess of Beauty, ordered her son Cupid to avenge her by making Psyche the lowest of all human beings. But at the sight of the beauty of the mortal Cupid fell hopelessly in love.
Venus, anger at her son’s betrayal, inflicted terrible ordeals on Psyche. For the last of these ordeals, Venus sent her to Proserpina, goddess of the Underworld, ordering her bring back a flask she should open under no circumstances. But Psyche, a victim of her curiosity, opened the flask. Inhaling the dreadful vapors, she fell into a deathly sleep. Seeing her lying motionless, Cupid rushed to her and touched her gently with the tip of his arrow, and revived her.
The sculpture depicts the moment immediately after awakening the lifeless Psyche. Cupid in the height of love and tenderness, welcomes her back with a kiss.
… and the happy ending? of course there is. The counsel of the Gods grants the marriage between Cupid and Psyche. Also giving Psyche immortality, making her the Goddess of the Soul. Beautiful story.
Moral of the story. Sometimes there are many great challenges and obstacles in life. Sometimes it may even seem like they have beaten you. Sometimes there people in our lives who can help us through the challenges life gives us. And sometimes if you don’t give up, you can find love and happiness.