Psyche Abandoned by Cupid Puzzle
Psyche Abandoned by Cupid, 1699, Nicolas Colombel, 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
The jealous goddess Venus sent her son Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with a horrible monster. Instead, Cupid became enamored himself and installed Psyche in a palace where he visited her at night so that she couldn't learn his identity. One night she stole a peek at his beautiful face. Startled awake, Cupid left immediately, and his palace vanished. Psyche wandered the earth searching for her lover, performing impossible tasks set by Venus in hopes of winning him back. Finally, Jupiter intervened: he made Psyche a goddess and reunited her with Cupid, giving their story a happy ending.
Here Cupid has just abandoned Psyche, who chases him as he hovers out of reach. This moment allows Colombel, a French artist who trained in Rome, to show the Roman countryside -- the appropriate setting for this classical myth.
Ages 3 and up (due to small parts)
Materials: Coated cardboard
Dimensions: 12 x 16 inches (assembled puzzle)