Psyche Pt. 2: The Neoclassical Period

The Neoclassical era, with its emphasis on mythological subjects, of course rejuvenated interest the story of Cupid and Psyche.  Most of these artists portrayed the couple (or Psyche alone, as in our first example) as adolescents:

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Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre – Psyche Rescued by Naiads (1750)

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Hugh Douglas Hamilton – Cupid and Psyche in the Natural Bower (1792-93)

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Francois-Pascal-Simon Gerard – Psyche Receiving the First Kiss from Cupid (1798)

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Jean-Baptiste Greuze – Psyché couronnant l’Amour

Bertel Thorvaldsen – Cupid and Psyche

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Jacques-Louis David – Cupid and Psyche (1817)

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Artist Unknown – Cupid and Psyche Clock (1800s)

As the Victorian era—with its preoccupation with childhood innocence—was gearing up, Eros and Psyche were often shown younger still:

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Mikhail Kozlovski – Psyche (1801)

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Etienne-Maurice Falconet – L’Amour et Psyché

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Etienne-Maurice Falconet – Psyché (1)

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Etienne-Maurice Falconet – Psyché (2)

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William Etty – The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche (1820)

Wikipedia: Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre

Wikipedia: Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Wikipedia: François-Pascal-Simon Gérard

Wikipedia: Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Wikipedia: A. Bertel Thorvaldsen

Wikipedia: Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David: The Complete Works

Wikipedia: Etienne-Maurice Falconet

Wikipedia: William Etty