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Cupid and Psyche before the Council of the Gods

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Cupid and Psyche before the Council of the Gods

early 1570s
16th century
23.6 cm x 34 cm (9 5/16 in. x 13 3/8 in.)

Luca Cambiaso (Moneglia, Italy, 1527 - 1585, El Escorial, Spain) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash over traces of black chalk on cream antique laid paper
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.962

Presentation to the gods was a natural theme for the decoration of the grand reception rooms of Genoa's noble families. Cambiaso treated these subjects on numerous occasions. This drawing, previously identified as Venus and Cupid before the council of the gods, in fact represents the wedding of Cupid and Psyche as described in Apuleius's Golden Ass–the only surviving anceint Roman novel–and as depicted by Raphael in the Villa Farnesian in Rome. Thus identified, the drawing can be connected to Cambiaso's lost ceiling fresco of Palazzo Grillo-Serra-Podestà.

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