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The People Rendering Divine Honors to Psyche

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

This series by the Renaissance engraver known as the Master of the Die tells the story of the romance between Cupid, the ancient god of love, and his mortal beloved, Psyche. Cupid’s mother, Venus, resented Psyche’s rare beauty because she distracted the goddess’s followers. When Venus dispatches Cupid to exact her revenge, he falls in love with Psyche himself. Secretly meeting Psyche only at night, he attempts to keep his identity secret but is ultimately discovered. Psyche then embarks on a series of quests engineered by the still-vindictive Venus to atone for her curiosity.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Master of the Die

Title

The People Rendering Divine Honors to Psyche

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

2001.493.2

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