Title:The Wedding of Cupid and PsycheArtist:Hendrik Goltzius
after Bartholomaeus Spanger Date:1587Creation Place:Europe, NetherlandsCredit Line:The John R. Van Derlip FundAccession Number:P.68.37
This complex print is a tour-de-force of composition and technical brilliance. The scene--a marriage feast of the gods--comprises more than 80 figures and had to be printed from three plates onto three sheets of paper. Goltzius's inimitable engraving technique is on full display here, his sinuous lines swelling and tapering to sculpt the rounded forms. The elegant figures assume every pose imaginable to display their rippling musculature and exaggerated grace.