elegance of history blog: History geek, avid reader and art lover. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.
A scandalous book requires a scandalous illustrator. And who better than French painter Fragonard to give us a visual representation of Pierre Choderlos’ Liaisons Dangereuses? Here are a few images he created for the 1796 edition:
The story of Cupid (or Eros) and Psyche has always been one of my favourites from mythology. It is romantic, but also so sad. According to legend, Psyche was so beautiful that people began to worship her instead of the goddess Venus (or Aphrodite). Furious, she ordered her son Eros to make her fall in