EOS, THE GODDESS OF THE DAWN
In classical mythology Eos, or the rosy-fingered goddess, is the goddess of the dawn. She comes from the East on a golden chariot, preceding Apollo’s chariot and the morning. It is a very popular subject in literature and art, portrayed as a beautiful and elegant girl. Her charm and romances aroused Aphrodite’s dislike: she punished Eos, condemning her to unhappy love. Ovid tells that the morning dew represents the tears the sad Eos shed when one of her sons died, victim of Achilles’ rage during the Trojan War.
Guercino, Aurora, Rome, Casino Ludovisi.
By Guercino – The Yorck Project (2002) 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei (DVD-ROM), distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. ISBN: 3936122202., Public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=152454