|"Cupid and Psyche" (1798) by François Gérard|
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
"Cupid and Psyche" (1798), F. Gérard
This beautiful postcard shows the first kiss between Cupid (the son of Venus) and the mortal Psyche (the most beautiful princess of all... sorry Snow White!); the butterfly flying above their heads is a symbol of the pure love and soul (I recommend you to search and read the story of Cupid and Psyche, it's wonderful). The original painting is in Paris (Louvre) but sometimes it travels the world on temporary exhibits. Thank you very much for sending me this postcard (she bought it in Milan during one of those exhibitions) and for the gorgeous Sochi 2014 stamp from Croatia. This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
François Pascal Simon, Baron Gérard (4 Mау 1770 – 11 January 1837) was a French painter born in Rome, where his father occupied a post in the house of the French ambassador. His mother was Italian. Gérard is best remembered for his portraits; the color of his paintings has suffered, but his drawings show in uninjured delicacy the purity of his line; and those of women are specially remarkable for a virginal simplicity and frankness of expression. As a baron of the Empire he is sometimes referred to as Baron Gérard.