- Author: Jacopo del Sellio
- Museum: Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)
- Year: About 1490 ⇐ Click image for larger version
Description of the picture:
The Story of Cupid and Psyche - Jacopo del Cellio. About 1490
Jacopo del Sellio (1441 / 42-1493), an artist working in the Botticelli style, wrote two panels telling the love story of Psyche and Cupid. Here we see the first part of this myth.
The villa, on the left side of the picture, captures the conception and birth of the daughter of Apollo Psyche, which is then everywhere depicted in a white dress. Her beauty caused the envy of Venus, who sent her son Cupid to make Psyche love someone ugly. When Psyche appears in front of his fans, Cupid flying over them falls in love with Psyche and can no longer fulfill its mission. The Oracle tells Psyche to climb a high mountain, on top of which the wind picks it up, and it floats down through the air and falls asleep.
In the right side of the picture, Psyche is in a luxurious house owned by Cupid, where she is visited by envious sisters. Cupid forbade her to look at him, but the sisters persuade them to look at her lover. Seeing Cupid, she falls in love with him. At that moment, a drop of hot oil from the lamp falls on Cupid's cheek, and, enraged, he leaves her. Trying to keep a loved one Psyche grabs Cupid for the ankle.
On the twin panel, the master wrote the end of the story of the trials of Psyche and the final scene of the wedding.
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