Antonio Canova's statue, Psyche anim par le baiser de l'amour; Psyche Revived by the Kiss of Love, 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.
For the love of my life...were it so.
“... I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
July 28th, 2012
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