• Cupid with a Bow

    Artist:
    Bosio, François-Joseph. 1768-1845
    Dimensions:
    107 cm

Bosio, François-Joseph. 1768-1845

Cupid with a Bow

France, 1808

Neoclassicism became a formally recognized movement in French art from the early 19th century, when the bourgeois monarchy, the Empire of Napoleon I, was established. The Academy of Fine Arts in Paris stood for maintaining the canons of Neoclassicism. While creating the statue “Cupid with a Bow”, François Joseph Bosio faithfully followed the artistic rules developed by the Academy. Cupid, the son of the love and beauty goddess Venus, is portrayed as a slender youth. He seems to be running and makes a sharp turn in order to shoot an arrow. The clarity of the composition, the well-defined silhouette and the smooth treatment of the marble surface, makes this work look similar to the sculptures of the famous Italian sculptor Antonio Canova, universally regarded as the leading exponent of the Neoclassical style, whose sculptures became widely known in France and had a strong influence on Bosio’s work.

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Cupid with a Bow

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107 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1923; handed over from the State Museum Fund; originally in the Dukes of Leuchtenberg collection

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Н.ск-1106

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