Examples of Ganymede in 18th century France have been studied by Michael Preston Worley.  The image of Ganymede was invariably that of a naive adolescent accompanied by an eagle and the homoerotic aspects of the legend were rarely dealt with. In fact, the story was often "heterosexualized." Moreover, the Neoplatonic interpretation of the myth, so common in the Italian Renaissance, in which the rape of Ganymede represented the ascent to spiritual perfection, seemed to be of no interest to Enlightenment philosophers and mythographers. Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre , Charles-Joseph Natoire , Guillaume II Coustou , Pierre Julien , Jean-Baptiste Regnault and others contributed images of Ganymede to French art during this period.