The sculpture “Cupid and Psyche, 1796” by Antonio Canova romantically conveys tenderness, yearning and the euphoria of fulfilled desires. Born in Italy, Canova (1757 – 1822) was an unsurpassed Neoclassical sculptor. His piece is based upon a 2nd century story, in which the Roman god Cupid revives his dying lover, Psyche, with a kiss. Their jubilant embrace, chiseled into a 5-foot-high statue, reflected that era’s fashion and a rekindled interest in Antiquity. It is now part of the Louvre’s permanent collection.
Antonio Canova (1757 – 1822) was an unrivaled Italian sculptor, internationally renowned for his Neoclassic works. Inspired by Antiquity, Canova expressed idealistic purity in his immense sculptures and bas-reliefs. Calling his anatomical studies the secret of his art, he also observed performers’ expressions and movements, and immersed himself in ancient and modern history. Canova’s works, which were characterized by a soft, mellow finish, were highly sought after by esteemed leaders such as Napoleon, Catherine the Great of Russia and the Duke of Wellington.
This giclée print offers beautiful color accuracy. Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed onto the paper’s surface creating natural color transitions. The high-quality paper (235 gsm) is a great option for framing with its smooth, acid free surface.