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Cupid and Psyche

A work made of mezzotint in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of mezzotint in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

James McArdell (Irish, c. 1728-1765)
after Gottfried Schalcken (Dutch, 1643-1706)

About this artwork

James McArdell was a talented Dublin School mezzotint engraver who also published his own prints. Here he capitalized on the Leiden painter Godfried Schalken’s fleeting fame. Schalken produced numerous nighttime scenes, and for this mythological mezzotint, the choice of illumination is particularly apt. Cupid fell in love with the mortal Psyche. Unable to keep her promise to meet with him solely in the dark, she lit an oil lamp, thereby learning her secret lover was divine. Overcome with his loveliness, she spilled the burning oil, waking him. Only after she succeeded in three seemingly impossible quests could they finally marry.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

James MacArdell

Title

Cupid and Psyche

Origin

Ireland

Date

1748–1765

Medium

Mezzotint in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

416 × 315 mm (image/plate); 427 × 327 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2011.266

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