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Cupid and Psyche

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date:
before 1893
Culture:
French
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 30 × 24 × 48 in., 496 lb. (76.2 × 61 × 121.9 cm, 225 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1910
Accession Number:
10.63.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
In this variation on the theme of lost love, Rodin depicts the moment that the god Cupid abandons the mortal Psyche at the command of the jealous goddess Venus. Outstretched across a block of unfinished marble, Psyche desperately clings to the god as he lowers his face toward her and ascends with beating wings. The projecting marble strut supporting Cupid’s arm binds him to the block and locks the lovers in an eternal parting embrace. In 1893 Cupid and Psyche and Orpheus and Eurydice became Rodin’s first carved works to enter an American collection.
Signature: Signed: A. Rodin
Charles T. Yerkes (until 1910; sale, American Art Association, New York, January 22, 1910, no. 250); Thomas Fortune Ryan (in 1910; to MMA)
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