Coins and Medals Department, Pushkin
Отдел Коллекция Проекты Научная работа отдела Библиотека События Партнеры Меценаты

Charles Frédéric Victor Vernon. Charles Frédéric Victor Vernon.

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.