Tapestry: The Abandonment of Psyche
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Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory; after cartoons by François Boucher; woven under the direction of Nicolas Besnier
French, Beauvais, about 1741 - 1742
Silk and wool
H: 11 ft. 11 1/2 in. x W: 9 ft. 2 in.

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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.