Ganymede Receives the Cup from Hebe. 1786. engraving after Peter Paul Rubens. Flemish 1577-1640.
Hebe, Goddess of Youth, was the daughter of Zeus and Hera, and held the position of cupbearer to Zeus until her wedding to Heracles, after his apotheosis.
Ganymede was a prince of Troy. Zeus became enamored of the young man, and brought him to Olympia to be his new cupbearer. He presented Ganymede’s father with a pair of deathless white mares who were able to walk on water. Ganymede became the patron of same-sex love, and was frequently depicted alongside Eros.