The tragic story of Echo and narcissus is one of my favorite stories. Echo is cursed by Juno after Echo delayed Juno in finding her husband; the delay giving Juno’s husband time to flee or be caught among the nymphs. Juno curses Echo to only be able to repeat the last words she hears. When Echo falls in love with Narcissus she follows him helplessly, waiting for him to speak. One day he becomes separated from his companions and calls out “Who’s here?” to which Echo replies. After a brief exchange Narcissus calls out, “Let us join one another.” Overcome with joy Echo runs to him and throws her arms around him but Narcissus rejects her. He cries out, “Hands off! I would rather Die than you should have me!” Echo, being crushed, replies, “Have me”. She spends her life love Narcissus until she wasted away to nothing but her voice. In this image we see Echo waiting by the pool staring at her love who is content to stare only at himself. The use of color leads the viewer to believe the scene is happy and full of life. The use of bright red and pink gives the image a subtle softness but the lines in Echo’s face clearly show her longing to be loved by Narcissus. We can also see in the water’s reflection that Narcissus stares at himself in wonder. The artists uses the space between the two subjects to show the rejection by Narcissus but paints Echo leaning towards him.