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Psyche was the beloved of Cupid, mischievous son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Rodin alludes to an intimate moment in their complicated tale, when Psyche stole a secret glimpse of her sleeping lover. Rodin's marbles were carved by professional artisans, but the sculptor supervised their...

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at right back edge of cape: A. Rodin


1900, exhibited at the Exposition Rodin, Pavillion de l'Alma, Paris and purchased by Henry Adams (b. 1838- d. 1918), Boston and Washington, D.C., for his niece, Louisa Chapin Hooper (Mrs. Ward) Thoron (b. 1874- d. 1975), Boston [see note 1]; by inheritance from Mrs. Thoron to anonymous donors; 1975, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 14, 1976) NOTES: [1] See Ruth Butler, "Rodin: The Shape of Genius" (New Haven and London, 1993), p. 402 and "Rodin en 1900: l'exposition de l'Alma" (exh. cat., Paris, Musée de Luxembourg, March 12-July 15, 2001), p. 256, cat. no. 112. From May 17, 1904 until it was made a gift in 1975, this piece was on loan to the MFA from Louisa Chapin Hooper (Thoron).

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Anonymous gift in memory of Ward Thoron (1867-1938) and Louise Chapin Hooper Thoron (1874-1975)

French, 1899

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73.66 x 68.58 x 38.1 cm (29 x 27 x 15 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; Marble