Antonio Canova:
Sculpture "Amor and Psyche" (1793), reduction in artificial marble


Antonio Canova:
Sculpture "Amor and Psyche" (1793), reduction in artificial marble

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Museum replica | Artificial marble | Hand-made | Reduction | Format 37 x 20 x 39 cm

Antonio Canova: Sculpture "Amor and Psyche" (1793), reduction in artificial marble

Canova’s best known sculptural group is the most gracious image of the mythical love story: Amor leans affectionately over Psyche and scares away with his wings the deathlike sleep which had caught Psyche because of a trick of the jealous Aphrodite. His lover offers him blissfully her mouth for a kiss. The great love between a god and the beautiful daughter of a king moved even the Olympian gods: Zeus granted Psyche immortality so that both could become a symbol of eternal love, outlasting all storms of time. . 
Original: Marble sculpture, 155 x 168 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris. 

Reduction. Format 37 x 20 x 39 cm. Edition as ars mundi museum replica, hand-cast in white, polymer bound artificial marble.

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Antonio Canova, born in Possagno at Bassano in 1757, was known as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo. Already at the age of 15 he worked for the Italian aristocracy in his own workshop. The success accompanied him all his life, until he died in Venice, in 1822. Canova was famous as one of the most prominent representatives of the Italian classicism across Europe.

The Getty Museum in Malibu, California offered around 10 million euros for Canova’s "Three Graces". But thanks to the persistent intervention of the British government and the generosity of art collectors and patrons like J. Paul Getty and Baron Hans Thyssen-Bornemisza this unique jewel of the European sculpture remained in Great Britain.

The term for the art movements that refer to ancient, mostly Greek models.

According to the current understanding, classicism is the epoch between 1750 and 1840 when the late Baroque was gradually replaced by the classically-orientated art. The great explorations of Greek art and architecture at that time awakened a true enthusiasm for antique models. The Glyptothek in Munich, the Panthéon in Paris, The New Guard House (Neue Wache) and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin are just a few examples of the revived classical style.

IThe leaders of the statuary art were such artists as Antonio Canova, Bertel Thorvaldsen, in Germany Johann Gottfried Schadow and Christian Daniel Rauch.

In painting, the outstanding representatives of this style are Jaques-Louis David or J.A.D. Ingres.

Marble powder bound by a polymer. Artificial marble is characterized by a fine white surface that comes very close to marble.

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A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

The mold is usually taken directly from the original, so that the replica reproduces even the finest details. After casting the replica, using the most appropriate method, the surface is polished, patinated, gilded or painted according to the original.

A replica of ars mundi is a recognizable image of the original.

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