We find comfort under the wings of the Erotes, seeking in vain to preserve the ever-fleeting mental and tactile sensations that pervade their being. We pursue them to the gates of their kingdom we are forbidden to enter. Tragically, we persist in our romantic endeavors, struggling to entangle in the world of matter what can never be possessed physically. What draws our passions inexplicably, forcefully, toward a visage or a countenance that occupies our thoughts and subdues our mind with pangs of disquietude?

— From Whisperings of the Protogenos: a mystical journey

Amore e Psiche, Giovanni Maria Benzoni, 1845

Giovanni Maria Benzoni, Amore e Psiche, 1845