Vintage Victorian Period Risque Nude Print In Original Oak Frame
The story of Psyche comes from a tale by the Roman poet Lucius Apuleius. Psyche was the daughter of a king. Cupid, Venus's son, fell in love with her, but she angered him, and he left her. Psyche wandered over the earth in search of Cupid until Jupiter took pity on her, made her immortal, and re-united the lovers.
Leighton based Psyches pose on an ancient statue of Venus Leaving the Bath that he had seen in Naples in 1859. He may also have designed the frame, which echoes the architectural details in the background of the picture.
The item measures 24 3/4" in length and just 11 1/4" in width. There is some minor surface print loss around the edges which undoubtedly could be restored. This piece of decorative art would have considered extremely daring and provocative in its day and they are rather rare to find items now. We have another large nude from the same period also listed...ITEM SUN2677.
Item ID: SUN2676
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