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Psyche's Entrance into Cupid's Palace from the Story of Psyche

A work made of wool and silk; tapestry weave.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wool and silk; tapestry weave.




After a cartoon by François Boucher (1703–1770)
Woven at the Manufacture Royale de Beauvais (French, founded 1664) under the direction of André Charlemagne Charron (French, director 1754–80)
France, Beauvais

About this artwork

A delicate lilting sensibility suffuses this tapestry inspired by ancient Roman mythology. Beautiful young attendants of the gods and goddesses, known as nymphs, play music to celebrate the arrival of Princess Psyche at Cupid’s palace. Cupid, the god of love, hid Psyche from the envious gaze of his mother, Venus, the goddess of beauty and fruitfulness. The graceful forms of the nymphs’ bodies complement the soaring architecture of the palace interior. The flower garland wrapped around the column, as well as the lush folding of the figures’ garment and the rug, further enhance the sensorially rich world the tapestry depicts. Unsurprisingly, contemporary operatic interpretations of the story of Cupid and Psyche influenced François Boucher’s design.


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François Boucher


Psyche's Entrance into Cupid's Palace from the Story of Psyche


Beauvais (Object made in)

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Made 1756–1763


Wool and silk; tapestry weave


170.2 × 357 cm (67 × 140 3/4 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Chauncey McCormick and Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson

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