ITALY – ‘Psyche and Cupid’ on display in Milan thanks to Eni
The sculpture Amore e Psiche stanti (Cupid and
Psyche Standing) by Antonio Canova and the painting Psyché et l’Amour (Cupid and Psyche) by
François Gérard will be on display together for the first time, through the intercession of Eni and in
partnership with the Louvre, in Milan, at what has become an annual exhibition, held, for the fifth
year running, by the Milan Council in the Alessi Hall of Palazzo Marino, from 1 December 2012 to
13 January 2013.
Amore e Psiche stanti, Antonio Canova’s sculpture dated 1797, sets the aesthetic canons for
his “divinities”, marked by their tremendous tenderness and sensual beauty. Francois Gérard’s
painting Psyché et l’Amour, dated one year later, was considerably influenced by Canova’s work,
and reveals an erotic charge that gained him great public acclaim.
Previous editions of the exhibition organised in collaboration with the Louvre (of which Eni is
Mécène Exceptionnel) have starred the masterpieces Saint John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci
(2009), Woman with a Mirror by Titian (2010), and the Adoration of the Shepherds and St Joseph,
the Carpenter by Georges de La Tour (2011).
Eni’s innovative formula for the promotion of art, based on offering visitors free entrance and a
range of activities, events and tools designed to provide a better understanding of the works on
display, was rewarded by the over 210,000 visitors who flocked to last year’s exhibition.
The show, curated by Valeria Merlini and Daniela Storti, offers educational and video material,
digital aids – including a website, a dedicated app, and videos and
insights on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Foursquare – and special workshops aimed
at primary and middle schools. The catalogue is edited by Rubettino Editore and cured by Vincent
Pomarède, Valeria Merlini and Daniela Storti.
A series of meetings organised by Eni at the conference hall of Palazzo Reale (free entry,
subject to booking) and specific material for schools available from the website eni.com, will also
contribute to broadening interest in the myth of Cupid and Psyche.
In line with the objective of openness and continual dialogue with the city, this year’s edition
introduces introductory and in-depth meetings in Milan’s municipal libraries, which will host
conferences on issues connected with Neoclassicism and the works on display.
The programme of events revolving around the exhibition will be opened at Bookcity, at Milan’s
Castello Sforzesco (Sunday, 18 November, 15:00). The event will see the involvement of the city’s
international communities and the participation of the young author, Giulia Carcasi.