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An image of Psyche opens the fatal box by Master of the Die, after Raphael

Master of the Die

(Italy  – )

after Raphael

(Italy 1483 – 1520)

Title
Psyche opens the fatal box
Year
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
Accession number
60.1981
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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

Exhibition history (3)

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006