- 1798 - 1805
- Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
- 220.5 x 155.3 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 24 Feb 2010 / 14 Feb 2023
- (MNAC 64996)
We do not know who commissioned this work. It belonged to the collection of Laffite, who put the work up for auction. The auction took place in Paris on 7 March 1861, and the work was sold under lot number 33 for 620 francs. It was then part of the García de Quesada collection in Jaén until 1900 when it entered the Hernández García y Quevedo collection. Until 1928 it formed part of the collection of the Marchioness of Bermejillo del Rey, when it passed to the collection of Francesc Cambó. He left the work to the National Art Museum of Catalonia in 1949, and the work was entrusted to that institution in 1954.
This is a large, highly erotic work whose protagonists have traditionally been interpreted as being Cupid and Psyche, although they do not exactly match the characteristics of those two mythological characters. In his essay for the catalogue of the Cambó collection, Buendía posits that this encounter represents an allegory of Love.
This is an unusual theme within Goya's output, which featured few mythological subjects. From its likeness to portraits of Ferdinand Guillemardet, Jovellanos, or the Marchioness of Lazán, it has been dated at around 1800. The artist's style is above all present in the glazes of the woman's dress.
Stylistic similarities have been found between this painting and the work of Fragonard and Pierino del Vaga, although it is with Titian's style that this composition best fits, in the line of Tarquin and Lucretia, which featured in the royal collections of Madrid between 1571 and 1813.
Goya 1900Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas ArtesMadrid1900consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900cat. 181
Pinturas de GoyaMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1928consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From Apri to -May 1928cat. 77
- III Bienal Hispanoamericana del Arte. Precursores y maestros de la pintura y escultura contemporánPalacio Municipal de Exposiciones and Palau de la VirreinaBarcelona1955cat. 33
Goya nelle collezioni private di SpagneVilla FavoritaLugano1986consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986cat. 32
La collecció CambóMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1990exhibited also at the Sala Sant Jaume, Barcelona, January 31st to March 31st 199. From October 9th to December 31st 1990
Prefiguració del Museu Nacional d’Art de CatalunyaMuseu Nacional d’Art de CatalunyaBarcelona1992from July 27th to November 30th 1992
Realidad e imagen. Goya 1746 – 1828Museo de ZaragozaZaragoza1996consultant editor Federico Torralba Soriano. From October 3th to December 1st 1996cat. 42
Goya e ItaliaMuseo de ZaragozaZaragoza2008organized by the Fundación Goya en Aragóna, consultant editor Joan Sureda Pons. From June 1st to September 15th 2008cat. 356
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950vol. I, p. 117, cat. 67
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970pp. 165, 194, cat. 745
vol. I, p. 339, cat. 541
L’opera pittorica completa di GoyaMilanRizzoli1974p. 116, cat. 401
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. III, p. 142 y p. 100 (il.)
Cupido y Psiquein PÉREZ SÁNCHEZ, Alfonso E., et al, Colección Cambó (catalogue of the exhbition Museo Nacional del Prado from 9th october to 31st december 1990, and at the Sala Sant Jaume de Barcelona from 31st of january to 31st of march 1991)MadridMinisterio de Cultura1990pp. 392-401
Goya e Italia, 2 vols.ZaragozaFundación Goya en Aragón y Turner2008vol. II, p. 329, cat. 356
consultada el 25-02-2010