The story of Cupid and Psychei, Jacopo del Cellayo

The story of Cupid and Psychei, Jacopo del Cellayo
The story of Cupid and Psychei, Jacopo del Cellayo - 1

  • Posted by Jacopo del Cellayo
  • Museum: Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)
  • Year: Around 1490

Overview of the painting :

The story of Cupid and Psychei is Jacopo del Cellio. Around 1490

   Jacopo del Cellayo (1441 / 42-1493), an artist working in the Botticelli manner, wrote two panels on which the love story of Psihei and Cupid is told. Here we see the first part of this myth.

   The villa, on the left side of the picture, captures the conception and birth of the daughter of Apollo Psihei, who is then everywhere depicted in a white dress. Her beauty aroused envy of Venus, who sent her son Cupid to make Psychea fall in love with someone ugly. When Psychea appears in front of his fans, Cupid, flying over them, falls in love with Psyche and can no longer fulfill his mission. The oracle tells Psihee to climb a high mountain, on the top of which the wind picks her up, and she floats down the air and falls asleep.

   On the right side of the picture, Psychea is in a luxurious house owned by Cupid, where envious sisters visit her. Cupid forbade her to look at him, but her sisters persuade her to look at her lover. Seeing Cupid, she falls in love with him. At this moment, a drop of hot oil from the lamp falls on Cupid’s cheek, and, angry, he leaves her. Trying to keep his beloved, Psychey grabs Cupid by the ankle.

   On the pair panel, the master wrote the end of the test history of Psihei and the final scene of the wedding.