Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Master Tribute Antonio Canova "Amore e Psiche"

OSWOA Watercolor size 6 x 4 Inches
on FABRIANO cold pressed Watercolor Paper
with Winsor & Newton artist paints.

This is a tribute to the Master Antonio Canova.
Here I reprouced in Monochrome watercolor, the marble statue "Amore e Psiche",
(Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss), commissioned in 1787 was ended in 1793, it's showed now in Paris at Louvre Museum.
In this statue we can see the two bodies lie in a pyramidal shape that are
opposed by Cupid's wings and creates a perfect balancement.
This statue exemplifies the Neoclassical obsession for love and emotions.
It represents the god Cupid (Amore) in the act of love and tenderness, right after awakening the lifeless Psyche with a kiss,
a scene excerpted from Lucius Apuleius' novel The Golden Ass.
It's a masterpiece of its period, it appeals to the senses of sight and touch,
yet simultaneously alludes to the Romantic interest in emotion co-existing with Neoclassicism.



Erika Nelson said...

A simple yet powerful piece Lore, excellent choice, well done!

Theresa Bayer said...

Beautifully translucent!

Melanie said...

Lore - this is SO beautiful... such feeling! I adore it!