Jul 1, 2016
Endymion: The Eternal Sleeper
As Snoopy would say, "Bleah!"
At least the first lines are praising male beauty:
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness.
In the original Greek myths, it was Selena, Goddess of the Moon, not Diana (who didn't care for men), who fell in love with Endymion and asked Zeus to make him immortal, so his beauty would last forever. Zeus consented, but -- psych! -- he also put Endymion into an eternal sleep, so Selena couldn't act on her desires.
But she found a way to make it with Endymion while he was asleep. Eventually they had 50 children.
Another myth says that it was Hypnos, the God of Sleep, who fell in love with the sleeping Endymion and decided to keep him that way.
Or this one by George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), where Selena looks more like the crescent moon than a real woman.
This Endymion by Girolamo Troppa (1637-1733) has him sleeping sitting up.
This supine statue is by Antonio Corradini (1668-1752).