Cupid and Psyche

Cupid and Psyche

This Roman copy or adaptation of original displays Cupid and Psyche sharing a passionate kiss. The tale of Cupid and Psyche, as told by Ovid in Metamorphoses, describes the obstacles Psyche had to overcome and ultimately, their sacred marriage. The story is recognized as an allegory for the fall and redemption of the human soul, Psyche is granted immortality as a reward for commitment to sexual love. The story also falls under the popular theme of painful rejection and joys of requited love and sexual gratification. The statue reminds viewers of the tale about dangerous curiosity, temptation, and redemption. Psyche is painfully rejected by Cupid after betraying his trust and she goes through certain trials to see him again. Psyche is displayed as weak and destructive to her household because she did not listen to her husband. She then goes through trials to atone for her crime, all through which she displays the virtue of chastity, she acts faithfully and dutifully for the sake of her husband.

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Cupid and Psyche