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Title

Psyche opens the fatal box

circa 1530-circa 1560


Artists

Master of the Die

Italy

after Raphael

Italy

1483 - 1520


About

The artist's name derives from his habit of signing prints with a small die. He may have been the son of the engraver, Marcantonio Raimondi, with whom he worked in Rome making prints after Raphael's designs. Venus set Psyche the task of going to the underworld and procuring from Proserpine some of her beauty in a box for Venus's use. Psyche was warned not to open the box, but on her way back her curiosity got the better of her and a deathly sleep enveloped her. Cupid saw this and flew to her rescue.


Details


Date

circa 1530-circa 1560


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Edition

ii of 2 states


Dimensions

19.2 x 22.7 cm image; 19.8 x 23.3 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Anonymous gift 1981


Location

Not on display


Accession number

60.1981


Artist information

Master of the Die

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after Raphael

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 8. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 8. no catalogue numbers