Tapestry: Psyche at Cupid's Palace

Object Details

Title:

Tapestry: Psyche at Cupid's Palace

Artist/Maker(s):

After cartoon 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)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Beauvais, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1741 - 1742

Medium:

Silk and wool

Dimensions:

332.7 x 568.4 cm (131 x 223 3/4 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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Love-struck Cupid has had beautiful Psyche brought to his opulent palace. Amid billowing clouds, Psyche enters the sun-drenched residence, although Cupid himself is not there. She is escorted by Zephyr, the butterfly-winged god of the west wind. Psyche walks on a Near Eastern carpet that has been unrolled to receive her. Clusters of languid attendants play music, arrange flowers, or simply admire Psyche's dramatic entrance.

Jean-Baptiste Oudry also assisted with this tapestry.

Provenance
1741/1742 -

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

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

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

1937

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.