Tapestry: The Abandonment of Psyche

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Tapestry: The Abandonment of Psyche


After design by François Boucher (French, 1703 - 1770)

and woven under the direction of Nicolas Besnier (French, 1714 - 1754)

and Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, 1686 - 1755)

Beauvais Manufactory (French, founded 1664)




about 1741 - 1742


Silk and wool; modern cotton lining


377.8 x 282.2 cm (148 3/4 x 111 1/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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With arms outstretched, a despairing Psyche gazes upward at the departing figure of Cupid, who arches his back in flight against gray clouds. A trio of naiads, or water nymphs, witness the event, their eyes following Cupid's aerial departure. As Cupid leaves Psyche, she finds herself in a remote and stony wilderness, its lack of hospitality tempered only by the source of a spring whose cascading water becomes a stream.

Jean-Baptiste Oudry also assisted with this tapestry.

1741/1742 -

Probably woven for M. d'Auriac in 1741 - 1742.

Sir Sir Anthony Nathan de Rothschild, first Bart., 1810 - 1876 (London, England)

Edward Marriot Hodgkins, 1860 - 1932 (Paris, France)


French and Company, Inc. (New York City, New York), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1937.

1937 - 1963

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1963.


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