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An enchanting journey in Louvre:
I adore Antonio Canova's sculptures.
And I adore Paris.
And this is a masterpiece that I consider a pure tridimensional graphism of lines, light and shadows.

From Wikipedia:
Antonio Canova (1 November 1757 – 13 October 1822) was a Venetian sculptor who became famous for his marble sculptures that delicately rendered nude flesh. The epitome of the neoclassical style, his work marked a return to classical refinement after the theatrical excesses of Baroque sculpture.

Antonio Canova's statue Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, first commissioned in 1787, exemplifies the Neoclassical obsession with love and emotion. It represents the god Cupid in the height of love and tenderness, immediately after awakening the lifeless Psyche with a kiss, a scene excerpted from Lucius Apuleius' The Golden Ass. 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.

Joachim Murat donated the first version (pictured) to the Louvre Museum in Paris, France in 1824; Prince Yusupov, a Russian nobleman who acquired the piece in Rome in 1796, gave a later version (created in 1796) to the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. The plaster cast for this later version is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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  • Copyright: Chiara Marcotulli (chiaretta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 253 W: 50 N: 269] (2414)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-06-11
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-06-23 6:12
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