Giuseppe Cammarano Figurative Art - “Cupid and Psyche”
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Giuseppe Cammarano
“Cupid and Psyche”

1815

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Original black ink, sepia drawing with white gouache highlights by the Italian artist, Giuseppe Cammarano. This drawing depicts the story of Cupid and Psyche. Signed and dated lower right, 1815. Presently unframed. The Story Psyche is so beautiful that the jealous goddess Venus commands her son Cupid to make her fall in love with an unworthy man. However, Cupid falls in love with Psyche himself. Concerned about Psyche’s lack of suitors, her parents consult the oracle of Apollo. They are told that Psyche’s future husband is a monster and that she must be abandoned on top of a mountain. The west wind, Zephyrus, saves her and carries her to Cupid’s palace. Cupid visits Psyche only at night and forbids her to make any attempt to see him. Psyche is curious about her lover’s appearance and fearful after her two jealous sisters convince her that Cupid is a serpentine monster. Urged on by them she conceals a lamp and knife in her bedchamber. When Cupid is asleep, Psyche illuminates his beautiful figure with the lamp but a drop of hot oil accidentally wakes him. Angrily he flies off with Psyche clinging desperately to his ankle. Psyche tries to drown herself but Pan tells her to win back Cupid’s love. Venus sets Psyche a series of increasingly difficult tasks. Although Psyche fails the final task, the gods make her immortal and she is reunited with Cupid. Giuseppe Cammarano (4 June 1766 – 8 October 1850) was an Italian painter and leader of the Academy of Arts in his birthplace of Sciacca, Sicily. Cammarano began his work at the Royal court of Naples. He painted frescos, now degraded, in the Reggia di Carditello, inspired by work of Fedele Fischetti and Domenico Chelli. He found a patron in Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, who funded his study to Rome, where he developed a style with both Rococo and Neoclassic tendencies. He labored in the restoration of paintings in Naples, many of which had been damaged by the Napoleonic invasion. He became professor at the Reale Accademia di Belle Arti and entrasted with the decorations of the Royal Palace of Caserta: his most important fresco is Minerva awarding prizes to Arts and Sciences (1814) on the Ceiling of the Council Hall. Among his fellow teachers was Tito Angelini. Again in the Reggia of Carditello, he painted Hector reproves Paris (1814). In the bedrooms, he painted the Victory of Theusus over the Minotaur (1824). He participated in the fresco decoration of the Royal Palace of Naples. He painted a Last Supper for the Cathedral of Caserta. His father was an actor for the San Carlo Theater of Naples. Giuseppe painted the ceiling fresco in the auditorium of the theater, above the seats, representing Apollo introduces the poets. His son, Salvadore Cammarano, was an opera librettist and his grandson, Michele Cammarano was also a painter.[1] He died in Naples, aged 84.

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Fair
  • Condition Details
    Light, faint surface scratch bottom middle; light rubbing consistent with age.
  • Dimensions
    H 6.25 in. x W 8.75 in.H 15.88 cm x W 22.23 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Southampton, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU1413472752
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