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Apulegio volgare (Apuleius in the Vernacular)

Written by Lucius Madaurensis Apuleius (M'Daourouch, Algeria ca. 124–after 170)

Designer:
Design of illustrations attributed to Benedetto Bordone (Italian, Padua ca. 1455/60–1530 Padua, active mainly Venice from 1488)
Translator:
Translated by Matteo Maria Boiardo (Italian, 1434–1494)
Publisher:
Published by Nicolo daristotele da Ferrara
Publisher:
Published by Vincenzo de Polo da Venetia (Italian, 16th century)
Date:
September 3, 1519
Medium:
Printed book with woodcut illustrations.
Dimensions:
5 7/8 x 3 15/16 x 13/16 in. (15 x 10 x 2 cm)
Classification:
Books
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.608.1
  • Description

    Apuleius' Metamorphoses (also known as The Golden Ass) is the primary source for the myth of Cupid and Psyche, which would have resonated with ancient viewers of sleeping Eros sculptures because the story hinges upon a sleeping Eros. The scene represented here is a climactic moment in the story. The Renaissance artist of this woodcut has clearly adapted the image of sleeping Cupid from an ancient sleeping Eros sculpture.

  • Secondary Titles

    The Golden Ass

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