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.

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The famous sculptor we asked you to name is none other then Antonio Canova (1757-1822). Canova is known to be the greatest sculptor of his time throughout Europe. Both his father and grandfather were stone cutters and helped develop Canova’s trade. As soon as he could hold a pencil, he executed drawings under the guidance of his grandfather.  In 1780, Canova moved to Rome, Italy. It was here, he grew into his own as an artist and established his fame. Canova illustrated the Romantic Classicism that was so valued at the time, he created daring images of seductive elegance and form. Both the supple figures and tactful features of his work recalled the earlier Rococo, with its charm and realism, but he was firmly Neoclassic in his approach.

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Psyche Revived by Cupids Kiss was commissioned in 1787 and acquired by Joachim Murat in 1800, and entered the Louvre in 1824, two  years after Canova’s death.

Canova seduced the whole of Europe with his mythological compositions in which the purity of contours was used to portray a discrete eroticism. In the area of portraiture he was the absolute champion of idealization. He displayed a sensibility both to naturalism and to the early Renaissance, opening the way to two dominant trends at the beginning of the century: skilled realism and historical subject matter. These Canova sculptures will make a wonderful decor for your gallery or make a wonderful gift of historical and classical statuary.