“I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.”

Hello everyone! I apologize for disappearing for awhile. I had some research to do and lots of projects to finish for work so I couldn't go online. But I managed to get some of it done and I am continuing with my 14 DAYS OF LOVE series. Since I was unable to post for 4 days, today's entry will be packed with good stuff just like a rocky road ice cream--a bit messy and heavy but full of goodness!

This series is all that winged fellow that has become--aside from hearts--a symbol of Valentine's day! He is known by many names--Cupid, Amor, Eros etc. I will not be writing about the cute little cherub with pink cheeks and a sly smile but the grown up Cupid. We all know that once his "poisonous" arrow hits you you are caught. You fall in the hole and try to get out but you just dug yourself even deeper. But what happens when he gets a taste of his own medicine and falls madly in love with a maiden that his mother abhors? Things get a little crazy of course!

I am a big fan of Greek/Roman mythology and this is one of my most beloved stories. I hope many of you are familiar with his love story--Cupid and Psyche (also known as The tale of Eros and Psyche/The tale of Amor and Psyche). Their story can be found in the novel The Golden Ass by the 2nd century novelist, Apuleius. It is also included in the Metamorphoses by Ovid. If you just want to read Cupid and Psyche get this one. It was printed by Penguin Classics. and very easy to follow. And for those who don't want to spend their money at all, you can go to the library and borrow it. ^_^ For those who are cheap (ok, frugal...hehe), there are tons of stuff online about them but I highly recommended the book because it's just a great book to have as part of your collection. Their story has been interpreted by artists and poets throughout time. Reading and seeing different interpretations of the story will satisfy any hopeless romantics out there and will surely capture everyone's heart. And best of all, it's nice to know that even Cupid falls victim to love.

Before I start, I will tell you a little about their story. There was a princess named Psyche (meaning soul in Greek), who was very beautiful--far more beautiful than the goddess Venus. Her beauty was so great that even people from neighboring countries came to see her. Venus found altars empty of worshippers! Jealous of this mortal's beauty, Venus sent her mischievous young son Cupid to use his arrows to make Psyche fall in love with the ugliest creature on earth. He obeys her and visits Psyche, with him are two amber vases filled with sweet and bitter water from Venus' garden. He found a sleeping Psyche. On her lips he shed a few drops of bitter water while the tip of his arrow points to her side but she awakens and startles Cupid. He accidentally wounds himself with his arrow! Heedless of his own wound, he pours the sweet water on Psyche. Although, her beauty exceeds that of Venus, nobody asked for her hand in marriage. Her parents consults the oracle of Apollo and tells them, "The virgin is destined for the bride of no mortal lover. Her future husband awaits her on the top of the mountain. He is a monster whom neither gods nor men can resist." . Everyone's dismayed but feared that they have angered the gods so they leave Psyche on top of the mountain for the monster to take her as his bride. Psyche's adventure begins and their love story unfolds....

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Mythology has been a big part of Art and many artists have painted their own versions of Cupid and Psyche. Here are a smorgasbord of paintings and sculptures from several artists whom I admire.

Cupid's arrows, Leon Jean Basile Perrault (1st painting above)
Venus and Cupid, Guillaume Seignac (2nd painting above)
Cupid and Psyche, Antonio Canova (Plaster copy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC)

Cupid Finding Psyche
, Edward Burne-Jones
Cupid and Psyche, Paul Jacques Baudry

Cupid and Psyche, Henri Godet (left) *This link leads to his other sculpture, The abduction of Psyche
Carried away by love, Alfred Plauzeau

Awakening of Psyche, Guillaume Seignac
Psyche entering cupid's garden, J.W. Waterhouse (right)

Illustrations by Edmund Dulac for the illustrated version of Apoleius' The Golden Ass as retold by Walter Pater.
Psyche looking at Cupid Cupid waking Psyche with a kiss

And three paintings by William Bouguereau
L'amour et Psyche, enfants
(Cupid and Psyche as children)
Le Ravissement de Psyche (The abduction of Psyche)
Cupid and Psyche


Today's poetry are by Anacreon, a Greek lyric poet and Zenodotos, a Greek literary critic and the first librarian of Alexandria.


Cupid, as he lay among
Roses, by a Bee was stung.
Whereupon, in anger flying
To his Mother, said thus crying;
Help! O help! your Boy's a dying.
And why, my pretty Lad, said she?
Then blubbering, replied he,

A winged Snake has bitten me,
Which Country people call a Bee.
At which she smil'd; then with her hairs
And kisses drying up his tears
Alas! said she, my Wag! if this
Such a pernicious torment is:

Come, tell me then, how great's the smart
Of those, thou woundest with thy Dart!


Who carved Love
and placed him by
this fountain,
he could control
such fire
with water?


Can this be love
-Sarah Geronimo.

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2 Responses
  1. I love Pre-Raphael artist as well. My favorite begin Waterhouse! Great pics!

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my wreaths! You have a very lovely blog!