'Venus orders Psyche to fetch the Waters of the Styx'

A woman in classical dress kneels on the floor before a woman pointing in the direction of water

Psyche, having already carried out two apparently impossible tasks on Venus's orders, is receiving her instructions for the third, the hardest yet. It will involve scaling a dangerous mountain peak and collecting water from a foaming torrent guarded by serpents. Romney's treatment of this episode is the most conventionally painterly of the Cupid and Psyche set in terms of the handling of space and the interaction between the figures.