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The Gods Celebrating the Wedding of Psyche and Cupid

A work made of engraving in warm brown ink on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in warm brown ink on cream laid paper.

Date:

1530/40

Artist:

Master of the Die (Italian, active c. 1530-1560)
after Michiel Coxcie I (Flemish, 1499-1592)
in turn, inspired by Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520)

About this artwork

Once Psyche prevails by sorting a pile of grain, acquiring the golden wool from dangerous sheep, and invading the underworld, Venus relents in her grudge against her prospective daughter-in-law. The goddess and Cupid petition Jupiter to allow the lovers to marry properly. Psyche ultimately gains immortality for her devotion to Cupid, and all of Olympus attends their nuptial feast. Many Italian Renaissance artists, notably Raphael, painted this celebration of triumphant love. The Master of the Die’s series then ends in the happy couple’s officially sanctioned marriage bed.

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Artist

Master of the Die

Title

The Gods Celebrating the Wedding of Psyche and Cupid

Origin

Italy

Date

1530–1540

Medium

Engraving in warm brown ink on cream laid paper

Dimensions

200 x 235 mm (plate); 270 x 370 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Stanley Field, Everett D. Graff, and John H. Wrenn Memorial Endowments

Reference Number

2001.493.31

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