Moore's Canova (black), maquette by Alexander Krivosheiw(535 views)
Sculpture, Ed. 2/12.
Moore's Canova is based on both the acclaimed sculpting style of Henry Moore, and Antonio Canova's world-renowned Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, which retells the famous Greek myth of the love of Cupid and Psyche.
In the story, Psyche?whose name means both soul and butterfly in Greek?is said to be a woman so beautiful that other mortals worship her and the god of love himself, Cupid, falls deeply in love with her. Cupid's mother?Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty? grows jealous of Psyche after mortals start worshipping her beauty, and so Aphrodite sends Cupid to exact vengeance on the mortal Psyche.
Instead of doing this, Cupid whisks Psyche away to a marble palace where the shy god waits on her as her unknown lover. Psyche grows to love this unknown person and one night seeks out and reveals his identity as the god of love himself.
Cupid believes Psyche could never love a god, and so he runs away from her. Psyche does love him, however, and she sets out on a long and arduous quest that takes her from the Underworld to Mount Olympus, home of the gods. During one of these quests, the ever-wrathful Aphrodite tricks Psyche into retreiving a vile of liquid from the Underworld that she tells the overly-curious Psyche not to open. Psyche, of course opens the vile out of curiosity and is put into a deep sleep by the liquid inside.
Cupid seeks out Psyche and revives her with both a touch of his arrow and a kiss. Antonio Canova's original Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss captures this very moment and Alexander Krivoshiw has recreated this in glorious bronze.
The story ends happily, for the others gods find themselves so moved by Cupid's devotion to Psyche that they decide to let the two marry, and they grant Psyche immortality, making her the Goddess of the Soul.
The story of Psyche symbolizes the ordeals the soul must undergo in order to achieve happiness and immortality.
About the sculpture:
Moore's Canova is fabricated of silicon bronze sheet metal, an extremely strong, durable, and highly corrosion resistant material. The work is a composite, built from several discreet forms that are welded together to achieve the final composition. To create each discreet form or section of the piece, Alexander manipulates the metal with a variety of mallets, hammering it out against forged anvils and other organic structures to give it shape and definition.
When each component section is complete, Alexander joins them together through a rigorous process of welding, grinding, re-welding, and polishing to produce the finished sculpture.
Moore's Canova was inspired by the work of Henry Moore and Antonio Canova, two sculptors from different eras in art history. Henry Moore was an English modernist, best known for his monumental, semi-abstract figurative bronzes; while Antonio Canova was an Italian master of the neoclassical style, who created exquisitely rendered figures in marble. With Moore?s Canova, Alexander combines the delicacy of the neoclassical style with a maverick boldness of form to create his own signature aesthetic.
Notes: Edition 2 of 12
Dimensions: 12 x 27 x 10 in.
Artist or Maker: Alexander Krivosheiw (American, b. 1976)