Hendrik Goltzius / The Wedding of Cupid and Psyche / 1587Hendrik Goltzius
The Wedding of Cupid and Psyche

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Creator Name: Goltzius, Hendrik
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1558 - 1616
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Hendrik Goltzius
Title: The Wedding of Cupid and Psyche
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1587
Creation End Date: 1587
Creation Date: 1587
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: engraving
Dimensions: H.17 x W.33-5/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: P.68.37
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

One of the largest engravings ever produced, this print is based on a pen and ink drawing by the Mannerist artist Bartholomaeus Spranger (1546-1611), Court Painter to Emperor Rudolph II. Composed of three separate plates, the monumental print is an unrestrained display of virtuosity. The tablet held by the putto in the foreground bears a dedication to Wolfgang Rumpf, Rudolph II's chancellor, helping to explain the extraordinary effort made by these artists to impress their illustrious patron. In keeping with sixteenth-century opinion that accords value to works of art by the number of figures they include, the engraving features more than seventy figures. The print depicts the culmination of the romantic myth of love between Cupid and Psyche. Here, at the banquet of the gods, Psyche is triumphantly united with Cupid after passing a series of difficult tests. Various gods, heroes, putti and the Muses partake in the amazing feast, while the wedding couple is curiously relegated to the end of the banquet table.

AMICA ID: MIA_.P.68.37
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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