Stained-glass window of Psyche and Love Story

Psyche discovering Love - Stained-glass window of Psyche - Ecole française © RMN
1541-1544 - French School of the sixteenth century
Psyche discovering Love - Stained-glass window of Psyche - Ecole française © RMN

Required by Constable Anne of Montmorency to decorate the windows of the gallery of her Château of Ecouen (today's national museum of the Renaissance), this wall glass piece is comprised of 44 gray stained-glass pieces enhanced with silver yellow. It tells the Love of Psyche and Cupid. The story is borrowed from the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, a novel from late Antiquity, highly appreciated during the Renaissance: it was translated into Italian and French, and became an inspiration to many artists, including Raphaël (Rome, Villa Farnesina) and Giulio Romano (Mantoue, Palazzo Te).

 
The wall glass used to adorn the main gallery of the château of Ecouen.
To save it from destruction during the Revolution, it was exhibited in the Museum of French Monuments in Paris.
Restituted to the Princes of Condé under the Restoration, it was part of the Duke of Aumale's legacy. As the last Chantilly owner, he gave the château and its collections to the French Institute. The Duke of Aumale built, with the help of his architect Honoré Daumet, a complete gallery to present the wall glass.