Claude Mellan - engraver, Simon Vouet - inventor - Amor and Psyche
The subject of the print is a Greek myth which was rather popular in the fine arts. Psyche, the wife of the God Eros, resolved to see her husband’s face despite his ban. She thus took a lamp and visited him at night in order to take the very first look at him. The lamp, however, burst and the burning oil woke Eros up. The print is a masterpiece of Baroque graphic arts. Mellan managed to extraordinarily capture the source of light and the lit objects in contrast with the space immersed in the darkness of the night.
measurements: height 192 mm
width 227 mm
material: paper
technique: engraving and etching
inventory number: R 153083
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings