Pierre Paul Proud'hon / The Abduction of Psyche / 1808Pierre Paul Proud'hon
The Abduction of Psyche

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Creator Name: Proud'hon, Pierre Paul
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1759 - 1823
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Pierre Paul Proud'hon
Title: The Abduction of Psyche
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1808
Creation End Date: 1808
Creation Date: 1808
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: black and white chalk on blue wove paper
Dimensions: H.11-3/8 x W.9-1/16 in., image
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 76.78
Credit Line: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

Prud'hon's drawing replicates his 1808 painting The Abduction of Psyche which he exhibited at the Salons of 1808 and 1814. The painting was acquired by the Italian connoisseur and collector, the Count of Sommariva. It is now in the Louvre. In 1824, the printmaker Hyacinthe Aubrey-Lecomte published a lithograph after the painting. The Minneapolis drawing most likely served as a model for the lithographer.

The subject is based on the novel The Golden Ass by the 2nd century Roman writer Apuleius. Psyche was renowned for her ravishing beauty which incurred the envy of Venus, who sent her son Cupid to make her rival fall in love with a hideous beast. Psyche was abandoned on a desolate rock to await her monstrous lover. However, Cupid himself succumbed to Psyche's charms and ultimately became her husband. The drawing depicts Psyche born aloft from the rock by Zephyrs (wind gods) and transported to the magnificent palace of Cupid. This tale was popular with artists during the Empire Period.

AMICA ID: MIA_.76.78
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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