Psyche | Nathaniel Hawthorne / Hiram Powers, 1848-58

Hiram Powers, Psyche, 1848

“A light … seems to shine from the interior of the marble, 
and beam forth from the features.”

 Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1858

According to Greek mythology, Psyche was a beautiful maiden who fell in love with 
Cupid. Cupid’s mother, Aphrodite, was jealous of Psyche’s beauty and tried to keep 
the lovers apart. Eventually, however, Aphrodite realized that Cupid and Psyche 
were destined to be together and so she made Psyche immortal. Psyche is also the
 Greek word for ​“soul” and ​“butterfly.”


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