Art History at a Glance
This marble statue depicts mythological lovers Cupid and Psyche. In Classical myth, Cupid was the Roman god of love and desire, while Psyche (the name, incidentally, means "soul" in Greek) was a beautiful mortal woman. Their passionate embrace is captured for eternity in this lyrical work by Italian sculptor Antonio Canova.
For More Information
An article about Cupid and Psyche in Classical mythology is available at Mythography.
This beautiful book (which is a part of the Phaidon Art & Ideas series) features information about the Neoclassical style. It is an insightful and delightful introduction to an important period in the history of art.