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Cesare Lapini

Psyche

Cesare Lapini

Cesare Lapini

Psyche

Psyche

Cesare Lapini

Italian

1848-after 1893

Psyche 


signed and dated: C: Lapini Firenze 1885, and entitled: PSICHE

white marble 

103cm., 40 1/2 in.

Overall the marble is in very good condition with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor natural veining to the marble, including at the woman’s nose, her chest, proper left shoulder, and proper right leg. There are several natural inclusions in the marble, most of which have been filled, including at the proper left hip, the proper left arm, the chest, the abdomen below the bow, the proper left heel, and the proper right leg. There are well concealed reattachments to the fingers of the proper right hand. A few small chips, including to the drapery around the proper right leg and to the front left edge of the base.


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Cesare Lapini specialised in allegorical and genre subjects and models all'antica, which he sold with great success from his Florentine workshop to an elite global clientele.

Distinguished by its refinement of carving and decorative titular inscription, this enchanting marble takes as its subject a figure from classical myth: Psyche, who is represented with her characteristic butterfly wings. The lover of Cupid, Psyche suffered numerous trials at the hands of the vengeful goddess Venus before being finally united with the God of Love. She is here shown about to open the jar given to her by Venus to collect a scrap of beauty from the goddess Proserpina. Despite Venus' orders not to open the jar, Psyche's curiosity overwhelmed her and, as a result, she fell into deep slumber. Antonio Canova famously depicted the aftermath of this event, in which Cupid revives her with a kiss.