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Pre Raphaelite Art: John William Waterhouse - Psyche (1903) pandoras box
Psyche represents the human spirit or soul, and in mythology she was represented as a princess so beautiful that people adored her instead of Venus. To put an end to this sacrilege, Venus sent her son Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with the ugliest creature he could find. but when Cupid saw her he fell in love and forgot his mother's command. They became lovers, though Cupid forbade Psyche ever to look upon him. When at last she did, he fled in fear of what Venus would do to him in revenge. Psyche roamed the earth in search of her lover, facing obstacles thrown in her way by Venus to prove that she was worthy of her son. One of these tasks involved a golden box which she was forbidden from opening. When she did open it, she fell into a deep sleep of death. Eventually, however, Jupiter agreed that the lovers could be united for eternity. The couple's daughter was named Voluptas ("pleasure"). In Greek mythology, Venus is represented by Aphrodite , Cupid by Eros and Jupiter by Zeus.
John William Waterhouse (1903) 'Psyche Opening The Golden Box" Pre raphaelite
Psyche Opening The Golden Box by John William Waterhouse
Mariana in the South by John William Waterhouse
Circe - yes I know she is "outwitted" by Odysseus in the story - but I think she is a fantastic and strong character who shows the crew for the fools and swine they are inside...
John William Waterhouse I have this hanging in my Lounge room. The original is in Adelaide's main Gallery and it lifesize. It simply beautiful. These are my favourite colours as well.
Pre Raphaelite Art: was a movement attached to the Aesthetic and romantic literature.Painting by Waterhouse
John William Waterhouse
John William Waterhouse- the viewer is usually left to imagine what the subject is thinking or feeling- love that about his work!
John William Waterhouse (Detail)
John Williams Waterhouse
JOHN WILLIAM WATERHOUSE
John William Waterhouse. Great art often begins with a great drawing. The soft moody feeling of this drawing, with the careful line work and shadowing - even without color - is enough to place it on the wall.