Cupid and Psyche Bonded Marble

Cupid and Psyche Bonded Marble

Antonio Canova sculpted the masterpiece Psyche Revived by Cupid after the myth taken from  Lucius Apuleius’ Latin novel Metamorphoses. Towards the end of the myth Cupid wakes Psyche from a deep sleep. The deep slumber is caused by Psyche peering into a box Venus had warned against. From there the lovers go on the marry and the myth ends happily ever after.

Canova embodies passion of the newly awoken Psyche in his work. As she reaches towards Cupid, he tenderly supports her head and breast, inches away from a passionate kiss.

Antonio Canova’s fine sculpted marble contrasts their silky smooth skin with the loosely draped sheet on the Psyche’s lower body and Cupid’s wings. All of the elements provide for a very realistic interpretation, bringing the subjects to life.

Cupid and Psyche by Canova

Cupid and Psyche by Canova

The first composition of Cupid and Psyche resides in the Louvre Museum, Paris. The second is located in the  Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. A cast made of the sculpture can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Of course, in our gallery you will find reproductions of different sizes and compositions. If you have something in mind but cannot find it on the website, feel free to contact us.

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