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Mythology & Putti

Mythology & Putti


The Fable of Cupid and Psyche


Engravings | RCIN 851790

A series of 32 numbered plates depicting episodes taken from Apuleius' Story of Cupid and Psyche , all of which were engraved by the Master of the Die with the exception of three by Agostino Veneziano (RCIN 851790.d; RCIN 851790.g; RCIN 851790.m). Formerly thought to have been designed by Raphael, the engravings are now reputed to be based on Raphael-inspired drawings which Vasari attributed to Michiel Coxie. Massari (in Raphael Invenit 1985, p.257) suggests a date of c.1532, the year in which Coxie met the Master of the Die in Rome.
  • Creator(s)

    Master of the Die (active 1530-60) (engraver)

    Agostino dei Musi (c. 1490-after 1536) (engraver)

    Michiel Coxie (c. 1499-1592) (designer)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Subject(s)
    • Language, Linguistics and Literature
      • Literature
        • Fiction
          • Tales & legends
            • Myths
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Cupid & Psyche (myth)
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985
    pp.250-7, nos.IX.1-32

    Other number(s)

    Ruland p.134 D.XXXVI.1-32