Friday, December 17, 2010

Drawing a Day

I'm going to post a drawing a day, so there.  Some will be sketches from my sketchbooks, and some will be full blown drawings.  This first one is a drawing I did of a detail of Canova's "Eros and Psyche," which was comissioned in 1786.  The story is that Psyche was one of three sisters, princesses in a Grecian kingdom.  All three were beautiful, but Psyche was the most beautiful.  Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, heard about Psyche and her sisters and was jealous of all the attention people paid to Psyche.  So she summoned her son, Eros, and told him to put a spell on Psyche.  Always obedient, Eros flew down to earth with two vials of potions.  Invisible, he sprinkled the sleeping Psyche with a potion that would make men avoid her when it came to marriage.  Accidentally, he pricked her with one of his arrows (which make someone fall in love instantly) and she startled awake.  Her beauty, in turn, startled Eros, and he accidentally pricked himself as well.  Yeeeouch!  Ultimately, the whole thing ended in up being the subject matter for a pretty nice statue.

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