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Fable of Cupid and Psyche (Silver tray)
Somers I, Wierick
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Somers I, Wierick

Antwerp, 1585 - Antwerp, 1645

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Fable of Cupid and Psyche (Silver tray)

Ca. 1629. Silver.
Room 078

This egg-shaped tray has scrolls and animal heads at the axes. It depicts various episodes of the myth of Psyche and Cupid, as told by Apuleius in The Golden Ass. These scenes occupy the outer part of the tray. The center has the wedding feast, attended by the Olympian gods. The artist based his drawing of groups on the compositions of Venetian prints, although the results clearly owe much to Raphael´s frescos at the Villa Farnesina in Rome. The central scene is based on drawings by the Flemish engraver, Pieter de Iode. While mythological themes were frequent on domestic silver objects, the wedding subject shown here suggests it may have been a wedding present. There is documentation of this work being in private hands from the eighteenth century until it entered the Prado Museum.

Technical data

Inventory number
Somers I, Wierick
Fable of Cupid and Psyche (Silver tray)
Ca. 1629
Height: 34 cm; Width: 44 cm; Weight: 920 g
Acquisition, 1995

Bibliography +

López-Yarto Elizalde, Amelia, Una bandeja de Wierick Somers en colección privada madrileña, Archivo Español de Arte, 265, 1994, pp. 45-55.

Posada Kubissa, T, Últimas adquisiciones: 1982-1995, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1995, pp. 120-124.

Cruz Valdovinos, José Manuel, Platería Europea en España 1300-1700, Fundación Central Hispano, Madrid, 1997, pp. 349-353.

Claessens-Pere, A. M., Zilver Voor Sir Anthony [Silver for Dir Anthony], Ducaju & Zoon, Bruselas, Amberes, 1999, pp. 206-211.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2368.

Inscriptions +

Mano abierta coronada, T coronada y copa con brasas colgante de cadenas.
On underside

Exhibitions +

Silver for Sir Anthony Van Dyck
15.05.1999 - 15.08.1999

Platería europea en España
15.10.1997 - 15.12.1997

Location +

Room 078 (On Display)


Displayed objects +


Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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