Betrothal of Cupid and Psyche, ca. 1808

  • Filippo Pelagio Palagi, Italian, 1775-1860

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 74 1/4 × 100 inches (188.6 × 254 cm)
  • 114 1/8 × 88 1/4 × 5 3/4 inches (289.9 × 224.2 × 14.6 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Benson and Edith Ford Fund and Henry Ford II Fund

78.10

On View

  • European: Influence of Ancient Greeks and Romans

Department

European Painting

  • Mythology
  • Zodiac symbols
  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Italy
  • Cupid
  • Zeus
  • Psyche

commissioned by Count C.F. Aldrovandi (Bologna, Italy)

until 1941, by descent to the family of Count C.F. Aldrovandi

private collection (England)

1976-1978, (Heim Gallery, London, England)

1978-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Notizie de 'Quadri della Collezione Aldrovandi in Bologna. Bologna, 1869, pp. 29-30, 43, 44. Giordani, G. "Carlo Filippo Aldrovandi Marescotti e Teresa Gnudi Aldrovandi poi Kellerman." Atti e Memorie (R. Deputazione de Storia per l'Emilia e la Romagna) 6 (1940-1941): pp. 1, 6-7, 28-29. Pelagio Palagi: artista e collezionista. Exh. cat., Museo Civico. Bologna, 1976, pp. 19, 447. Bulletin of the DIA: Annual Report 56, no. 5 (1978): pp. 275, 344 (fig. 43). Lankeit, K. "Das Sposalizio d'Amore e Psiche' von Palagi: Ein wiedergefundenes Hauptwerk des italienischen Neo- klassizismus." Pantheon 37 (October 1979): p. 189. "La Chronique des Arts." Gazette des Beaux Arts, no. 1323 (April 1979): suppl. p. 43, no. 210 (ill.). Lankheit, K. "The Betrothal of Cupid and Psyche by Palagi." Bulletin of the DIA 58, no. 1 (1980): pp. 27-34, p. 26 (ill.).

Filippo Pelagio Palagi, Betrothal of Cupid and Psyche, ca. 1808, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Benson and Edith Ford Fund and Henry Ford II Fund, 78.10.