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Psyche and Cupid


Smitty’s ‘n Stacy’s Rule 5 challenge is an opportunity to explore, yes?

Update: Here’s blogmaven Smitty’s Rule 5 Sunday roundup.

This week’s Si Vis Pacem Retro Rule Five offering recalls William-Adolph Bouguereau’s 1895 painting Le Ravissement de Psyche. The image is, to me, one of the most erotic and beautiful renderings of the female ever accomplished. I don’t know who Bouguereau had in mind as Psyche, or who posed, though clearly he liked this woman.

His muse reappears elsewhere, such as here, semi-nude in Jeune fille se défendant contre l’amour.

Here’s the thing: There is nothing to compare with seeing sculpture and painting – to experience works – such as these in a gallery, full-life.

Reminds me: Check Bob Belvedere’s reprise of Jean Harlow… ’tis the one that doesn’t belong. Just scroll down.

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