Psyche hears the message of Mercury and comes to the Venus Palace by herself
When Venus saw her, she began to laugh, and as angry persons accustomed to do, she shaked her head, and said: "Oh goddesse, goddesse, you are now come at length to visit your husband that is in danger of death, by your means: be you assured, I will handle you like a daughter: where be my maidens, Sorrow and Sadness?" To whom (when they came) she delivered Psyches to be cruelly tormented; then they fulfilled the commandment of their Mistresse, and after they had piteously scourged her with rods and whips, they presented her again before Venus; then she began to laugh again.
Psyche Before the Throne of Venus
Henrietta Rae, oil on canvas
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