Cupid Forging the Arrows of Love White Carrara Marble Pio Fedi, Italian 18th Century
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Cupid Forging the Arrows of Love White Carrara marble (Viterbo, 1816 – Florence, 1892) Signed and dated on the base: Prof. Pio Fedi Firenze
Raised on the classical naturalism of Bartolini and the formal purity of Tenerani, and with a long artistic career unfolding over more than half a century, Fedi was able to evolve, and confront, the major elements which coincided with nineteenth century Italian sculpture. As a follower of Bartolini and Tenerani, Fedi developed a quiet and gentle style. In later years, he took a somewhat romantic approach, and gradually turned towards a tempered and mature kind of Realism.
Cupid Forging the Arrows of Love is a perfect example of the artist’s gentle and romantic style. Reinterpreting Neo-classical vocabulary and the theme of the Greek and Roman gods Eros, Fedi nevertheless offers a sweeter and more poetic vision, which is not unlike eighteenth century French art.
This statue, depicting a delightful Cupid forging the arrows of love, is thought to have been created between 1840 and 1850. The subject, with its reference to mythological and love-related themes, was highly attractive to wealthy customers whose tastes were geared toward the art of the past. It was intended to enrich the interiors of the era’s upper-class mansions.
Considered by his contemporaries as one of the most distinguished and talented sculptors of his time, Pio Fedi, who produced many works for European monarchs,received his training from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence under the guidance of renowned sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini (1777-1850). In the 1850s, he became the Court Sculptor of Grand Duke Leopold II (1797-1870) and was later named professor at the Accademia de Belle Arti in Florence and Academy of Vienna. Raised on the classical Naturalism of Bartolini and formal Purity of Tenerani, Pio Fedi was able to evolve, and confront, the major elements which coincided with nineteenth century Italian sculpture. In later years, he took a somewhat romantic approach, and gradually turned towards a tempered and mature kind of Realism.
Artist: Prof. Pio Fedi Firenze
Date: 18th Century
Dimension: Height: 67 cm, Width: 30 cm, Depth: 31cm
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