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The story of Cupid and Psyche: Psyche tells her sisters the identity of her husband: they confidently leap off the mountain, but the wind does not save them and they are dashed to pieces on the rocks. Engraving by the Master of the Die, 15--, after M. Coxie, 153-.

  • Coxcie, Michel, 1499-1592.
[between 1500 and 1599]
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About this work


Both the lettering on this engraving and the text of Apuleius say that the bodies of the sisters were eaten by wild beasts, but the artist forbears to show that part of the narrative (as he avoids also the bodies being dashed to pieces)


[Rome] : Ant. Sal. exc, [between 1500 and 1599]

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; platemark 20 x 23.5 cm


Arriva Psiche ài regni dele suore ... se dal sasso / Gettano, & pasto son di fere al basso.


['Raphael invenit' state c].

Creator/production credits

One in a series of prints after drawings attributed when first published to Raphael, but attributed by Vasari to Michiel Coxie. The engraving is attributed to the Master of the Die on the evidence of his monogram on the earliest state of two of the plates (nos. 6 and 9)

References note

Adam Bartsch, Le peintre graveur, Vienna 1813, vol. XV, no. 53.15, p. 218
G.B. Pezzini, S. Massari, S.P. Valenti Rodinò, Raphael invenit, Roma: Edizioni Quasar, 1985, p. 253, no. 15c and p. 821

Lettering note

Bears numbers: 15 (shaded) and 14 (in clear)


Wellcome Library no. 2944541i



  • Italian

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