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Cupid and Psyche
Sergel, Johan Tobias -Sculptor-
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Sergel, Johan Tobias

Stockholm, 1740 - Rome, 1814

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Cupid and Psyche

1795 - 1800. . Room 075

This delicate mythological group is a smaller version of the best-known sculpture by the Swedish artist, Sergel, dated 1787 and now in the Stockholm National Museum. Winged Cupid is depicted standing, his quiver and arrows at his feet; Psyche, kneeling beside him, has dropped her oil lamp as she strives to hold him back.

Technical data

Inventory number
Sergel, Johan Tobias -Sculptor-
Cupid and Psyche
1795 - 1800
Height: 74 cm.; Width: 45.5 cm.; Base/bottom: 48 cm.; Weight: 80.4 Kg.
Royal Collection; Museo de Arte Moderno

Bibliography +

Fortia de Piles, Alphonse-Toutssaint, comte de Marseille., Voyage de deux français dans le Nord de l' Europe, en Allemagne, Denmarck, Suède, Russie et Pologne fait en 1790-1792.Tome II Suède. Chapitre 5 Savans. Artistes. Cabinets particuliers, Paris, 1796, pp. 109-137.

Göthe, Georg, Jophan Tobias Sergel: Hans lefnad och verksahmet, Wahlström & Widstrand, Estocolmo, 1898.

Antonsson, Oscar, Johan Tobias Sergel, The Burlington magazine, vol.83 nº. 489 Dec.d, 1943, pp. 288-296.

Bjurström, Per., Johan Tobias Sergel. 1740-1814., Prestel Verlag,, Munich, 1975.

O´Brien, Elvy Setterqvist., Johan Tobias Sergell (1740-1814) and Neoclassicism: sculpture of Sergell's years abroad, 1767-1779. [Tesis], University Microfilms International,Universidad de Iowa, Michigan., 1982.

Olausson, Magnus, 'Amor och Psyke' En:, Sergel., Nationalmuseum,, Udevalla, 1990, pp. 214-221.

Honour, H. Mariuz,P, Antonio Canova Epistolario (1816-1817), Roma, 2003, pp. 745.

Olausson, Magnus, 'Johan Tobias Sergel. Cupid and Psyche' En:, Playing with fire. European terracota models, 1740 to 1840, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, 2004, pp. 195-197 nº.88 y 89.

Sisi, Carlo, 'La scultura in Italia dal tardo Settecento al primato di Canova' En:, L' Ottocento in Italia: le arti sorelle. Il Neoclassicismo 1789-1815, Electa, Milan, 2005, pp. 133-161.

Museo Nacional del Prado, El siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2010, pp. 95.

Grandesso, Stefano, 'Modelli e fortuna della scultura ideale: la declinazione della 'grazia' nel soggeto di Psiche' En: Roma fuori di Roma: l' esportazione dell' arte moderna da Pio VI all' Unitá (1775-1870), Campisano, Roma, 2012, pp. 229-247.

Cederlöf, ulf, An exceptionally protracted affair: The Nationalmuseum's adquisition of Sergel's collections of drawings and prints 1875-1876, Art bulletin of Nationalmuseum Stockholm., vol. V, 2013, pp. 123-134.

Azcue Brea, Leticia, 'JohanTobias Sergel. Amore e Psiche' En:, Canova-Thorvaldsen: La nascita della scultura moderna, Edizioni Gallerie d'Italia: Skira,, Milán, 2019, pp. p. 374 nº.XII.4.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 328.
328. Un grupo de mármol de Carrara sobre un pedestal igual al Nº 321. / Representa a Psichis y Cupido. / Alto 2 pies, 9 pulg. / Nota al margen: Pasó al Museo de Arte Moderno.

Catálogo Museo de Arte Moderno, 1899. Núm. 76.
SECCIÓN DE ESCULTURA. / ANÓNIMAS / 76.- Psiquis y Cupido (Grupo de mármol). / Alto 0'74 metros. Ancho 0'50 metros.

Catálogo Museo de Arte Moderno, 1900. Núm. 88.
SECCIÓN DE ESCULTURA. [...] ANÓNIMAS / 88.- Psiquis y Cupido (Grupo en mármol). / Alto 0'74 metros. Ancho 0'50 metros.

Exhibitions +

Canova and Thorvaldsen. The Birth of Modern Structure
24.10.2019 - 28.06.2020

Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices (1775-1794)
28.11.2014 - 03.05.2015

Location +

Room 075 (On Display)

Update date: 09-07-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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