Charles Frédéric Victor Vernon. "Amor". Circa 1900. Obverse
The subject of this graceful medal refers to the ancient myth reported by Apuleius in his “Metamorphoses”: Psyche, beloved of Amour, was punished by separation for breaking the promise. Psyche, the personification of the soul, is not depicted on the medal as a girl, only her symbol is represented here: a butterfly on a rose flower. Rose is a multiple-meaning flower, symbolizing love and beauty but also suffering. The fragility of the butterfly is opposed to the carefree and frivolity of Cupid.