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Ways of Seeing

Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio

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Ways of Seeing, is an interdisciplinary research project focusing on on medieval art at The Fitzwilliam Museum. Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio is one of the museum's best loved artworks and in 2019, local schools and children spent time studying the painting and responding creatively. A selection of their artwork was then displayed at the museum alongside the painting as part of the Inspire2020 exhibition.

This resource highlights some of the technical and art historical research that was carried out on the painting as part of the project and which formed part of the displays. It has been designed to support the development of research skills by demonstrating some of the different historical and scientific approaches that can be used to study museum objects and has been written by members of the project team.


This cross-disciplinary project involved museum educators, artists, teachers, art historians, conservators, and research scientists. With special thanks to Paola Ricciardi, Vicky Sutcliffe, Elsbeth Geldhof, Donal Cooper, Luke Syson, Miranda Stearn, Sheila Ceccerelli, Holly Morrison, Sarah Villis and Jo Vine.

This resource was put together by Rosanna Evans and Kate Noble from the museum learning team.

The project was funded by The Marlay Group, Arts Council England Band 3 National Portfolio Organisation funding to University of Cambridge Museums consortium, Cambridge City Council Community Grant and the University of Cambridge REF Impact Fund.