Psyche by Falconet

From a figurine in the Wallace Collection, London.


Original by Étienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791). When drawing this I could not tell whether the girl is about to break Eros's bow or is merely hiding it, as the bow looked bent to me. That is my excuse for why it looks bent in the drawing. I find from my book about Falconet that the girl is supposed to be Psyche. I do not know why both she and Eros are respresented as children by Falconet (although come to think of it I have a theory: see my painting The Twins), but the tradition seems to go back to Roman times at least (there is a statue in the British Museum that illustrates this, which perhaps I shall draw one day).

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