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The People Rendering Divine Honors to Psyche

A work made of engraving in warm brown ink on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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




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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Master of the Die


The People Rendering Divine Honors to Psyche


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Engraving in warm brown ink on cream laid paper


Plate: 20 × 23.5 cm (7 7/8 × 9 5/16 in.); Sheet: 27 × 37 cm (10 11/16 × 14 5/8 in.)

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

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