August 27th, 2005

NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Beautiful statues beautifully sculpted of beautifully naked people...

Blame it on Pearl...

Yesterday, Pearl sent me an image of a statue by the Italian Neo-classicist artist, Antonio Canova (1757 - 1822). It was a detail of a scuplture, but I was sure I recognized the piece. I Googled around and found it. Here it is:

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That is Canova's "Venus and Adonis," c. 1794. Canova would have been 37 years old at that time. Ah, talented young men. Aren't they fascinating? I researched some bio material on him, of course....Collapse )
NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Winged Cupid and Psyche ... More Canova

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I'm not done with Canova yet.

The reason I was familiar with the artist, when Pearl sent me that image was because I already had fallen in love with one of his sculptures, another version of the Cupid and Psyche myth that he had done.

The piece I swooned over is extremely daring, technically, as works in stone go. It is not small, yet it is all over the place in terms of limbs and wings extending this way and that. I don't know much about how stone is worked by artists, but I can't help but think that this sort of piece is assembled, somehow -- put together -- not carved whole out of one huge block.

Edited to add: I found a site that gave the overall dimensions of the piece. It is not large. I suppose it seemed large to me because it is in the foreground, making the museum visitors look smaller (an old Pete Jackson trick!). The figures are not even hobbit-sized, for the dimensions are: H 0.55 m; W 0.68 m; D 1.01 m

Once again, to demonstrate Canova's ability to express both the erotic and the tender in one piece, here is a close-up of the faces.

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