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Cupid and Psyche

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Estimations: 5 000 - 6 000 EUR
The artwork depicts, with subtle and refined eroticism, Cupid and Psyche in the moment before the kiss, foreshadowed by the posture of their bodies and the gazes that contemplate each other with an equal intensity: their lips, although extremely close, are not yet united. The two sculpted figures show a clear influence from knowledge of classical statuary. Indeed, some characteristics reminiscent of figures created by ancient sculptors, such as the facial features of the characters, can be observed.

Furthermore, the compositional structure of the group is carefully designed to convey a sense of balance. The sculpture's composition is based on an X-shaped structure with a soft appearance and a sinuous flow. This structure allows the sculpted group to exude greater lightness and visual dynamism. Ambient light softly glides over the bodies of the two youths, creating subtle shadows in the folds of their garments.

Traditionally, the main perspective that provides the correct interpretation of the group is the frontal view. With this perspective, the observer has the opportunity to fully grasp the compositional structure. Additionally, all the main details of the sculpture and the meticulous balance between the sculpted masses are appreciated from the front. Although, from other angles, the observer still has the opportunity to capture small details.

Origin: 19th-century Florence.
Condition: Excellent state of preservation.
Dimensions: 50x50 cm H80cm.
Auction
Prestigious auction - Auction 5
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Date
15 February 2024 CET/Rome
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Start price
2 000 EUR
Estimations
5 000 - 6 000 EUR
Hammer price
4 000 EUR
Hammer price without Byuer's Premium
3 200 EUR
Overbid
200%
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DE FRANCESCO CASA D’ASTE E GALLERIA SRL

Prestigious auction - Auction 5
Date
15 February 2024 CET/Rome
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