Taras Shevchenko. Peasant listens bandura. Selene and Endymion. Sketches. Pencil. [1846 – IV 1850]. Back of sheet 1 of album 1846 – 1850 № 109
Left – sketch that reminds picture "Blind" ("Slave"), executed in 1843. Right – sketch "Selene and Endymion". This story is taken from Greek mythology. Endymion – famous for his beauty young man, whom the gods gave with immortality and eternal youth perpetual sleep. Selene (Goddess of moon) love him rises each night in a cave on Mount Latmi to kiss the sleeping Endymion. In ancient Greece Endymion considered the personification of sleep, the genius of the night.
V. Ja. Tkachenko
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1962, vol. 8, № 108 (image), p. 41 (note).