From the film-maker:
I’m interested in how people perceive situations, and how their perception is influenced by their interests. To me this painting represents the lure of innocence, something we all, one way or another, lose. While the beautiful shepherd Endymion is asleep, Diana, the goddess of the moon, passes by and is so overwhelmed by his serene presence, that she can’t help but fall in love with him. Unable to bear the thought of ever being separated, she requests Zeus to put Endymion under a spell of eternal sleep, so he will not age nor die. Although the spell guarantees Endymion everlasting life, he’s just the subject of Diana’s desire and has not any say in this. By denying him the possibility to choose for himself she looses her innocence and ironically ensures his.
Twan da Silva
A piece inspired by Pierre Subleyras, Diana & Endymion ,about 1740