Franz von Stuck
Perseus with Medusa’s head
Sélène ~ Jules Louis Machard, Oil on Canvas, 1874, via
Selene was the Greek moon goddess, daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia (according to Hesiod), and the sister of Helios and Eos. Later, she was identified with Artemis and called Phoebe. As Phoebe she was a huntress and archer. Selene was worshiped on the days of full and new moons.
She is described in the Homeric Hymn to Semele as mating with Zeus, through which union she produced Pandeia. She was in love with Endymion, according to Sappho and later sources. With him she had 50 daughters representing the months between the Olympic games. Every night, Selene visited and embraced Endymion, who slept as a result of the gift to him of eternal life and youth through eternal sleep.
Italian (Florence, Italy 1555 - 1630 Rome, Italy)
Perseus Killing Medusa, 1606Series: Illustrations to Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”
10.5 x 12 cm (4 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum
Cupid Pleads with Jupiter by Raphael, 1517-18.
“On swift wings he [Cupid] made his way to the very summit of heaven and pleaded his cause as a suppliant with great Jupiter. Jupiter took Cupid’s face in his hand, pulled it to his own, and kissed him, saying… I will do what you ask.”
Psyche in the Underworld by Paul Alfred de Curzon.