When I was in high-school one of my favourite subjects was History of Art and I’ll be 4ever thankful to my teacher for passing on me her LOVE for Art. We learned a lot in 5 years, from the ancient, Greek statues to Pop artists and nowadays painters.
One day, my teacher told us to open our books and said ‘Alright guys, today we’re gonna learn about Canova’s sculpures’. I had no idea who she was talking about, but by the end of the lesson, what she told us about him was just enough to make me wanna go to Louvre Museum to admire personally Canova’s statue called ‘Eros and Psyche’. A friend of mine and I booked a flight to Paris and of course, you could imagine my face while I was standing in front of Canova’s masterpiece.
Antonio Canova (1757-1822) was an italian sculptor and painter and was considered one of the best art representatives of Neoclassicism.
He was totally in love with the Greek Art of the past centuries and was a genius in representing feelings and the old mythology’s heroes, like he did in ‘Eros and Psyche’.
In his masterpiece, Canova depicts in a refined and subtle way, Eros (the God of Love) while he warmly admires his young lover’s face and Psyche glances back at his sweetheart. The whole scene is full sweetness, tenderness, elegance, patience and Love.
Just to let you know…
The following museums are hosting Canova’s paintings and sculptures:
- Alte Pinakothek, Munich
- Apsley House, London
- City Art Gallery, Leeds
- Musée d’Histoire, Versailles
- National Gallery of Art, Washington
- J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- Nationalgalerie, Berlino
- Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg
- Accademia di Brera, Milan
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