Tapestry: Psyche at Cupid's Palace
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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: 10 ft. 11 in. x W: 18 ft. 7 3/4 in.

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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.