AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA (1757-1822) | PSYCHE REVIVED BY CUPID'S KISS
AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA (1757-1822)
ITALIAN, 19TH CENTURY
PSYCHE REVIVED BY CUPID'S KISS
bearing the signature: CANOVA
76 by 92cm., 30 by 36¼in.
height excluding wings: 56cm., 22in.
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Overall the condition of the marble is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The wings are carved separately and there are open joints. There is an original joint running through psyche’s proper right fingers with some separately carved sections. There is a loss to her proper left little toe. There are minor abrasions to the lower edges of the marble. There is veining to the marble consistent with the material.
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Perhaps Canova's most famous model, the group of Cupid and Psyche was an immediate success, and the subject of many copies and reworkings. The monumental size group in the Louvre continues to draw visitors from across the globe (museum no. MR 1777). It was designed to be viewed from different angles, and was originally placed on a revolving base. The present marble group is a high quality version at half the size of the original.
M. Praz, L'opera completa del Canova, Milan, 1976, pls. 17-19