Old base (b) R5A2.1 MS

Psyche Abandoned, c. 1800

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The William Hood Dunwoody Fundexpand_more  74.24a,b

In 1783, sculptor Augustin Pajou was commissioned to execute a sculpture for the entrance of the Salle des Antiques in Paris that would serve as a pendant piece to Cupid Carving a Bow from Hercules’ Club by Edme Bouchardon (1698-1762). Pajou's plaster model of the nymph Psyche, depicted as having just been abandoned by Cupid, created a scandal at the Salon of 1785, where its nudity was considered to be licentious. The work was withdrawn from the exhibition, but Pajou's life-size version in marble earned great critical acclaim when completed in 1790. Pajou subsequently modeled two terra-cotta statuettes based upon the popular sculpture, as well as bronze reductions.

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Pajou, Psyche Abandoned (#841)
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Title
Psyche Abandoned
Artist Life
1730-1809
Role
Artist
Accession Number
74.24a,b
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Old base (b) R5A2.1 MS