GIULIO ROMANO
(b. ca. 1499, Roma, d. 1546, Mantova)

View of the Sala di Psiche (south wall)

1526-28
Fresco
Sala di Psiche, Palazzo del Tè, Mantua

The large fresco on the south wall represents the Wedding Banquet of Cupid and Psyche. The table is decorated; the silver dishes are in place; several gods have already arrived; and others are seen in the distance. The focus of the celebration is on the wedding couple, Cupid and Psyche, who are being served on a sumptuous couch.

The three lunettes above it depict Psyche Pleas to Ceres for Help, Venus with Juno and Ceres, Venus Admonishes Cupid.