Presentation of Psyche to the Gods
  • Date: c. 1530
  • Medium: Tin-glazed earthenware, painted
  • Diameter: 48.1 cm
  • Inv: C85
  • Location: Sixteenth Century Gallery
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Further Reading
  • The love story of Cupid and Psyche, as recounted by the Roman writer Lucius Apuleius in The Golden Ass, was popular during the Renaissance. This episode takes place shortly before the couple’s wedding feast brings the story to a happy conclusion. Cupid, the winged god of Love, introduces Psyche to the gods assembled on Mount Olympus. Diminutive Cupid speaks to Jupiter, the ruler of the gods. Psyche stands behind Cupid. Other gods can be identified by their attributes (personal emblems). They include Juno with her peacock, Hercules with his club and Mercury with his caduceus. The composition is after a print by Jacopo Caraglio or Agostino Veneziano.