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Story of Psyche

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Venus was jealous of the maiden Psyche and sent Cupid, her son, to make Psyche fall in love with an insignificant man. However, Cupid fell in love with Psyche himself, visiting her in the dark to keep his identity secret. Here, Psyche, at right, views the sleeping Cupid to discover his identity....

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Alexander Barker (d. 1873), London; June 19, 1879, posthumous Barker sale, Christie's, London, lot 487a to Charles H. Butler (d. 1910), London and Warren Wood, Hatfield, Hertford, England; May 25, 1911, Butler sale, Christie's, London, lot 45 [see note 1] to Agnew's, London (stock no. 3666); 1911, from Agnew's to Charles Fairfax Murray (b. 1849 - d. 1919); 1911, possibly from Charles Fairfax Murray to John E. Murray, Florence; 1912, sold by Murray to the MFA. (Accession date: October 3, 1912) NOTES: [1] attributed to Filippino Lippi.

Credit Line

Picture Fund

about 1490


42.1 x 151.8 cm (16 9/16 x 59 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera and oil on panel (cassone panel)