Cupid and Psyche

  • George Aarons, Cupid and Psyche, 1927, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Gertrude Aarons, 1983.99

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This idealized sculpture is an example of George Aarons' earlier work, and shows the mythological characters Cupid and Psyche in a passionate embrace. The goddess Venus was jealous of the mortal Psyche's beauty, and sent her son, Cupid, to punish the girl. Cupid fell in love with Psyche, however, and stole her away to live in the mountains. Psyche eventually won the favor of Venus and was granted immortality by the gods. In this piece, Aarons combined the two figures to create a single, unified form. Psyche leans back in a graceful arch while Cupid supports her with his wings.

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"Celestial Cupid, her famed son, advanced,

Holds his dear Psyche sweet entranced . . ." Milton, "Comus," 1634

Title
Cupid and Psyche
Artist
Date
1927
Location
Dimensions
10 3/4 x 15 x 7 1/8 in. (27.2 x 38.0 x 18.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Gertrude Aarons

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Mythology – classical – Cupid
  • Mythology – classical – Psyche
  • Figure group
Object Number
1983.99
Palette
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