Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss – Antonio Canova

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss is my favorite statue at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. While I was there I could not resist and had to take several shots of the statue. Wikipedia describes the masterpiece like this:

Antonio Canova’s statue Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, first commissioned in 1787, exemplifies the Neoclassical devotion to 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.

The beauty of this masterpiece is in its details. This is the reason most of the pictures that you find in this page are focused on small parts of this work. The first picture that you see in this page appears to have been the one that obtained most success, according to Flickr users. Personally I favorite the one with the detail of Cupid’s foot. With black and white, the foot would seem to be the one of a real person, but  the “cut” present on the ankle of the god takes us back to the fact that it is just a statue. A perfect one.

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss: Photos by Giulio Menna

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss 1

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss 2

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss 3

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss 4

 Liked them? Well, there is more if you want. I have created a set on Flickr that has the rest of the photos I took.

Also, since i was asked be people if it was possible to buy the first picture on this page I have decided to upload the picture to RedBubble. You can buy the mounted print for 39.90$. If you have an iPhone, then you might be interested in the iPhone cover at $36.89.

Giulio Menna
Lover of: all things digital, humanities, and medieval manuscripts. I created Sexy Codicology and the DMMmaps Project and run them both with passion and love in my free time. I am an MA graduate in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University. Still happily living in the Netherlands.
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