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Hey girl, I know my Mamma be trippin’ cause you my boo and all but I talked to Jupiter and he goin’ to make you a God-for real.
Love and the Maiden by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope is a Pre-Raphaelite representation of the story of Cupid and Psyche. The painting specifically depicts Cupid waking Psyche from a spell released from a box from the underworld that she was forced to recover for his Mother, Venus. Wow, the things ladies did to make nice with their Mother-in-Laws back in the day.
Stanhope was influenced by notable Pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rosetti, which may explain the random ladies dancing in the background. Those ladies also hearken back to Primavera by Botticelli, which makes sense, given the late Pre-Raphaelite fascination with Renaissance Italy. But it makes one wonder, was dancing in the woods a thing back then? They certainly painted it a lot. Stanhope was also influenced by the Aesthetic Movement which emphasized the importance of art for arts sake (sans the politics and stuff). I guess you could use that kind of rationale to justify painting a winged dude with a curly bowl cut in an off-the-shoulder micro-mini number.
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Love and the Maiden is an oil painting (previously mistaken for tempera) on canvas by English Pre-Raphaelite artist John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (executed in 1877) that is currently housed at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
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