Clare 209 Sum 1 Sculpture

All of the sculptures portrayed in this gallery are related to Greek Mythology. They all portray a moment in one of the Greek myths. Most of the sculptures shown display the beauty and sensuousness of the female human form.

Perseus slaying Medusa, Laurent Marqueste, 1876/1903, From the collection of: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
This sculpture is called Perseus slaying Medusa which was created by Laurent Marqueste in 1903. A man in Perseus's town was getting married, and Perseus was not wealthy enough to provide a gift, so the man requested that Perseus bring him the head of Medusa. Medusa was the only human gorgon sister. One look directly at her and a man would be turned to stone. This statue is depicteding the moment right before Perseus beheads the Medusa. I really liked this sculpture because it shows a lot of emotion on the Medusa's part. Her face is twisted in anguish and her mouth is open screaming. I also like how Marqueste positioned the Medusa's body in a twisted but prone position. Also, It shows that Perseus is being careful not to look directly at the Medusa and be turned into stone.
Pan Comforting Psyche, Reinhold Begas, 1857 - 1858, From the collection of: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
This sculpture is called Pan Comforting Psyche was created by Reinhold Begas in 1858. Psyche was a mortal woman who was said to be the most beautiful. Venus became jealous of her beauty, and sent Cupid down to make her fall in love with the meanest ugliest man; however, once he saw her cupid fell in love with her and took her to be his lover. Cupid's one rule was that she could not look at his face, but curiousity got the best of her and she did. Cupid then left her in the middle of the woods. Pan, the god of woods, saw her and began comforting her. What I like most about this sculpture is that by looking at Psyche you can tell that she is heartbroken by her downturned head. It also appears as though she is wiping tears away from her eyes. Pan appears as an older wiser figure and his body encircles her so that Psyche is still the center of the sculpture. Another detail which I liked was the addition of the wooden flutes by Pan's right arm because he is known throughout other myths to be joys and play the flute. Also along with pan encircling her, her robe around her waist encircles her and draws the attention to her.
Psyche in a Faint, Pietro Tenerani, First half of the 19th century, From the collection of: The State Hermitage Museum
This sculpture is called Psyche in a Faint which was created by Pietro Tenerani with an unknown date noted. It is dated to the beginning of the 19th century. This sculpture follows the story of the previous sculpture. After losing Cupid, Psyche began to service Venus. Venus sent her to the underworld to get a flask of Persephone's water of youth. Psyche was told not to open it, yet she does and it causes her to faint. Tenerani wanted to capture Psyche right at the moment which she begins to faint. I really liked how realistic this sculpture is. It appears as though Psyche's head is rolling back, and her eyes are shut. I also like how it appears as though her hand was once raised to hold the flask but has fallen to her lap.
Nymph with a Scorpion, Lorenzo Bartolini, 1846 - 1851, From the collection of: The State Hermitage Museum
One of the things I liked post about his sculpture is that it is meant to be displayed as a sculpture in the round. From this angle the nymph's expression cannot be seen clearly, and neither can the scorpion which can be seen by looking between her legs. This statue is called Nymph with a Scorpion, created by Lorenzo Bartolini in 1851. By looking at the statue from a different angle which you can clearly see her face, it can be seen that the figure is in pain, but she also appears to be sad. One of the critics who discussed this piece said that the Bartolini when sculpting the face wanted to show that the nymph was not only in pain, but she was also understanding that her death was soon to follow.
Three Graces, Antonio Canova, 1813 - 1816, From the collection of: The State Hermitage Museum
This is the Three Graces which was created by Antonia Canova. It was completed in 1817. The subject matter of this sculpture is the the Three Graces in Greek mythology. The graces are said to be Euphrosyne, Aglaea, and Thalia who are said to be the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome who was a nymph. The three graces represent joy, charm, and beauty. One of the main reasons I liked this piece was because although it is depicting three young women, they almost become one being. The three figures are all embracing each other making a circle. The scarf that drapes though the entire piece also works to unite the three figures into one. The figures are all leaning into one another which shows a tenderness that close friends and sisters display.
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