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

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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

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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.

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