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The Sacrifice of the Rose, c. 1785–88.
The Sacrifice of the Rose
c. 1785–88
Oil on canvas
Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Los Angeles
In this highly finished canvas, the relief carvings on the altar are clearly visible. They depict the story of Cupid and Psyche, reinforcing the idea that we are witnessing an encounter between an earthly maiden and a god.

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