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  PSYCHE - This painting was the work of Paul Thaumann, and was hung in the German section of the Art Palace. The story of Psyche is related by Apuleius, a Latin author of the second century who lived on the African coast near Carthage. Psyche was the youngest of three daughers of a king and queen, and Cupid fell in love with her. She was so beautiful that the people worshiped her as a second Venus, much to the chagrin of that goddess, who called her son Cupid, and ordered him to inspire Psyche with a passion for some abject and loathsome wretch. Meantime other dangers menaced the beautiful creature, for her father, guided by an oracle, placed her on a rock to perish because she had never gained a suitor for her hand. Cupid removes her on a zephyr to the palace in which the painting reveals her, and then the sorrows of the pair begin, with the sisters betraying Psyche, and Venus pursuing her through the world, and even sending her to the infernal regions to visit Proserpina. In the end, however, Cupid makes bold to sue at the feet of Jupiter on Olympus, all is forgiven, Psyche is immortalized, Venus is reconciled, and a wedding with extraordinary festivities follows in the skies. It is not difficult to espy the general machinery of "Cinderella" in this plot, and doubtless both stories had the same source. The beauty of the tale of Psyche, as told by Apuleius, has been much admired, and many separate editions have been issued.
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