Cupid and Psyche Bathing from a set of Mythological Subjects after Giulio Romano

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Title

Cupid and Psyche Bathing from a set of Mythological Subjects after Giulio Romano

Subject

Cupid, Psyche

Description

This tapestry is from a set of eight, traditionally called Les Sujets de la Fable d'après Jules Romain [Mythological subjects after Giulio Romano]. The designs for all eight tapestries were based upon drawings in Louis XIV's collection which were all, at that time, attributed to Giulio Romano.

In a rocky clearing, putti undress Cupid and Psyche as they prepare to bathe in a shallow, marble-rimmed pool. The ultimate source of the design, a fresco by Giulio Romano and assistants in the sala di Psiche in the Palazzo del Te, Mantua, shows Mars bathing with Venus.

Creator

Designed after a drawing attributed to Giulio Romano (Italian, Rome 1499?–1546 Mantua)
Designer: Probably designed by Antoine Coypel (French, Paris 1661–1722 Paris)
Artist: Cartoon painted by Charles François Poerson (1653–1725)
Maker: Woven in the workshop directed by Jean Jans the Younger (French, 1644–1723)

Source

Patron: Commissioned for Louis XIV, King of France (French, Saint-Germain-en-Laye 1638–1715 Versailles)

Date

1684-01-01/1686-12-31

Date Available

designed 1684–86, woven 1682–1700

Provenance

Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953
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Commissioned for Louis XIV, King of France ; Garde Meuble de la Couronne (delivered by 1707) ; Château de Trianon (by 1789) ; Madame Lucie Dekerm (until 1885) ; Michael Ephrussi (by 1903) ; Possibly Edward Julius Berwind , The Elms, Newport, R.I. (prob. by 1904) ; Julia A. Berwind (until 1953; gifted to MMA)

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Original Format

Textiles
Wool, silk, metal thread (20-26 warps per inch, 8-12 per cm.)

Physical Dimensions

H. 144 x W. 171 inches (365.8 x 434.3 cm)

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Citation

Designed after a drawing attributed to Giulio Romano (Italian, Rome 1499?–1546 Mantua) Designer: Probably designed by Antoine Coypel (French, Paris 1661–1722 Paris) Artist: Cartoon painted by Charles François Poerson (1653–1725) Maker: Woven in the workshop directed by Jean Jans the Younger (French, 1644–1723), “Cupid and Psyche Bathing from a set of Mythological Subjects after Giulio Romano,” Mapping Mythology: A Digital Collection of Classical Mythology in Post-Antique Art, accessed August 16, 2018, http://mappingmythology.com/items/show/76.