Jordaens, Psyche and the Abbot. Myth, decorum and Italian manners in seventeenth-century Antwerp



Elizabeth McGrath

In 1639 Jacob Jordaens received a commission to paint a series of pictures illustrating the Story of Cupid and Psyche. The commission, for over twenty pieces of different sizes, came from Abate Alessandro Cesare Scaglia, the eminent Italian diplomat who had been living in semi-retirement in the Spanish Netherlands for some years, and had recently settled in Antwerp. The fifteenth Gerson Lecture (November 12th, 2009) discusses this commission.

2009, 48 pag., 25 ill. bw, pb
ISBN 978-90-801691-9-7

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