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Re: GM

Thank you, GM.I truly appreciate what you said. And I'm glad your mother was able to laugh. Good news. Cheers! 

posted by RPresta on February 23, 2018 at 2:48 PM | link to this | reply

RP

You are right..... the sculpture deals not with the future, but with the power of Eros' love to revive Psyche, and the bravery of that love to descend into Hades, a dangerous and deadly place,  to defeat the hateful actions of his mother, Venus.  It is a triumph over evil.

And I must salute you, for the way you presented this entire subject. 

As for my mother, I visited her yesterday at the nursing home, taking her some favorite food items such as dark chocolate with almonds, and she was in a much better mood, even laughing at some things, which is very rare.  Ususally she works herself into being upset at everything, and starts crying.  This time, her laughter was music to my ears.   Cheers 

posted by GoldenMean on February 23, 2018 at 2:12 AM | link to this | reply

Re: GM - You are so very welcome... It was my pleasure.

I agree, a beautiful sculpture and as I said, Rodin's take on the story is also beautiful. I think the idea of a kiss of death probably is not exactly the way it happened. Most likely, in reality, one (Serapia) got ill early in the marriage or was already ill, and they didn't have much time together. Then the legend grew. 

If we only concentrate on Eros' love for Psyche being so strong that his kiss could awaken her, then we have a love so pure it carries power. The sculpture deals with not the future for them, but the strength of his love for her, to me.

Whichever version one prefers, is the right one. THe Sabino story is very uplifting. Cheers to you, and hope your mother is doing as well as she can. 

posted by RPresta on February 22, 2018 at 10:02 PM | link to this | reply

Re: FSI

Glad you enjoyed it. I did. lol. 

posted by RPresta on February 22, 2018 at 9:53 PM | link to this | reply

Re: BC-A

Ohh, Bill... They were a couple. 

posted by RPresta on February 22, 2018 at 9:53 PM | link to this | reply

Re: Pat, I'm right there with you on those stories...

The statue of amazingly beautiful. I would rather think that in reality the couple had more time together, but not enough. As for our mythical folks, his kiss awakened her. Nice thought. Yes, a bit of time in this old world first is a great idea! Thank you.

posted by RPresta on February 22, 2018 at 9:52 PM | link to this | reply

Re: RickFlint

That was my exact thought! 

posted by RPresta on February 22, 2018 at 9:48 PM | link to this | reply

Re: C_C_T

Good one! Yes, it is a beautiful sculpture. 

posted by RPresta on February 22, 2018 at 9:48 PM | link to this | reply

Thanks RP

Thank you, dear lady, for granting my wish.  The entire sculpture is so beautiful and mesmerizing, and we have 2 choices for a backstory.  What a dilemma!!  The Sabino and Serapia story appeals to me more and is uplifting, in that a pagan converts to be a Christian, but in that story, the kiss is a sad kiss of death and parting, due to a strange illness. 

The Cupid/Psyche story reveals the culprit as a hateful vengeful female (Venus, supposedly the goddess of 'love', hah), which is highly distasteful,  but in that story, the kiss is a kiss of life and resurrection!!  However, the poor Psyche is no doubt in for more malice and betrayal from lovely Venus, so that story is likely not going to end well.

So I will go with the Sabino story, because even though they embrace and kiss in earthly death, they will be joined in heavenly bliss, in the love and light of God.   Cheers 

posted by GoldenMean on February 22, 2018 at 3:57 PM | link to this | reply

That is a great backstory.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on February 22, 2018 at 10:17 AM | link to this | reply

RPresta

I guess that Psyche got the point of Cupid love.

posted by BC-A on February 22, 2018 at 9:51 AM | link to this | reply

Lovely statue and story, cupid and psyche.. powerful image & idea

Never did like those stories where the lovers kiss and then die. Eternity together? Well, all right, but I'd like a bit of time on this old world first, if you please... Thanks for the post.  :)

 

posted by Pat_B on February 22, 2018 at 4:16 AM | link to this | reply

Exquisite!

posted by RickFlint on February 22, 2018 at 3:45 AM | link to this | reply

Truly a work of art. I wish one could say the same for some of the paintings sold for millions.  

posted by C_C_T on February 22, 2018 at 12:16 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Kabu

Thank you, dear Kabu. And yes, the tragedy is unbearable. Two of my mom's ancestors were kinda like that; one an Irish girl and the other an English boy. The story goes they ran away and were married onboard a ship to the US. 

posted by RPresta on February 21, 2018 at 9:56 PM | link to this | reply

Re: Aba Brother

Do take it easy, with such a heavy schedule. Whenever you get a chance... Another beautiful sculpture on this subject is by Rodin. Thank you for taking the time to comment being so busy. 

posted by RPresta on February 21, 2018 at 9:51 PM | link to this | reply

Re: overtherainbow

Thank you. It is exquisite. 

posted by RPresta on February 21, 2018 at 9:46 PM | link to this | reply

the stories as all true romances are end tragically well inliterature anyway. The second one, broke my heart.

posted by Kabu on February 21, 2018 at 9:14 PM | link to this | reply

Wow dear sis Presta, wonderful job!

Mesmerizing, and so exquisite this sculpture is that I just can't take my eyes off it, the works if the Italian masters. And the beautiful background you presment to the story makes one read the whole story. I once wrote on the very same topic. 

Sorry, I am unable to read and write because of the heavy pressure that has come up. I'll have to be conducting a seminar for the whole of three days including Sunday. 

posted by anibanerjee on February 21, 2018 at 8:25 PM | link to this | reply

what a beautiful piece of art

posted by overtherainbow on February 21, 2018 at 6:43 PM | link to this | reply

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