Cupid and Pysche by Jacques Louis David

The Cleveland Museum of Art has this painting, and I’ve learned that no one knows who the model for Psyche was.

Cupid and Psyche Jacque Louis David

The model for Cupid was a teenage boy, and since the two of them modeled separately, he never saw the model of played Pysche, or even the finished painting.   We know this from letters that the museum has, because the teenage boy became rather obsessed with this beautiful, forbidden, unobtainable girl.

 

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Cupid and Pysche by Jacques Louis David

  1. It’s difficult for artists to integrate models that aren’t actually together. It’s a fun story about the male model, but David really should have spent at least one session with them both. The lines where they connect would be much better. As it is, it looks like the male is simply superimposed on the female.

    Really cool art posts. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s