17 29/32 x 33 21/32 in. (45.5 x 85.5 cm)
Hendrick Goltzius and Bartholomeus Spranger Netherlandish 1558–1617 • Netherlandish 1546–1611 The Wedding of Cupid and Psyche Engraving (3 plates) • 1587 Nearly the entire pantheon of gods is present in this monumental, tri-part engraving. Like many Netherlandish compositions, the central theme of the wedding of Cupid and Psyche is pushed into the background, viewed through a window of billowing clouds and a swirl of immortal flesh. Bacchus, next to Neptune, pours wine from an amphora, while Ceres serves food and Apollo provides divine musical accompaniment. The putto (angel) on the right of the left panel holds a tablet with a dedicatory inscription to Wolfgang Rumpf, High Steward at the court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. Spranger and Goltzius collaborated on this work by sending each other drawings and proofs through the post between Prague and Haarlem. Promised gift of Norman Leitman, 2015 Last Updated: 11/18/2021
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Divine Desire: Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque
, 3/28/2015 - 6/30/2015
This object has the following bibliographic references:
Michael Brown, PhD
and Niria E. Leyva-Gutiérrez.
Divine Desire. Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque
San Diego Museum of Art, The.
SOS Printing, 2015
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