Psyche Pt. 2: The Neoclassical Period

(Last Updated On: February 17, 2017)

The Neoclassical era, with its emphasis on mythological subjects, of course rejuvenated interest the story of Cupid and Psyche.  Most of these artists portrayed the couple (or Psyche alone, as in our first example) as adolescents:

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Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre – Psyche Rescued by Naiads (1750)

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Hugh Douglas Hamilton – Cupid and Psyche in the Natural Bower (1792-93)

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Francois Pascal Simon Gérard – Psyche Receiving the First Kiss from Cupid (1798)

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Jean-Baptiste Greuze – Psyché couronnant l’Amour

Bertel Thorvaldsen – Cupid and Psyche

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Jacques-Louis David – Cupid and Psyche (1817)

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Artist Unknown – Cupid and Psyche Clock (1800s)

As the Victorian era—with its preoccupation with childhood innocence—was gearing up, Eros and Psyche were often shown younger still:

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Mikhail Kozlovski – Psyche (1801)

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Étienne Maurice Falconet – L’Amour et Psyché

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Étienne Maurice Falconet – Psyché (1)

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Étienne Maurice Falconet – Psyché (2)

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William Etty – The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche (1820)

Wikipedia: Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre

Wikipedia: Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Wikipedia: François Pascal Simon Gérard

Wikipedia: Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Wikipedia: A. Bertel Thorvaldsen

Wikipedia: Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David: The Complete Works

Wikipedia: Étienne Maurice Falconet

Wikipedia: William Etty

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