Pan and Psyche 1872-74

Burne-Jones, Pan and Psyche

The Pre-Raphaelite painters were interested in mythology: Pan was the Greek god of shepherds and huntsmen; he had horns and the legs of a goat. He invented the flute.  Cupid, the god of love, is charmed by Psyche, a king's daughter; he visits her secretly at night but forbids her to look at him. She does so, however, whereupon he leaves her. She wanders the earth in search of him, subjected to much suffering by Venus until Jupiter takes pity on her and reunites her with Cupid. 

Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)
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