Thorwaldsen and His Works; Containing 365 Engravings, with Explanatory Text Volume 4

Thorwaldsen and His Works; Containing 365 Engravings, with Explanatory Text Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...in his right hand, and With a bunch of grapes in his left, the winged Genius is skating through the sign of the capricorn on the zodiac surrounding him. Leda, was the mother of Castor and Pollux, by Jupiter, who, in order to gratify his passion, is represented as assuming all manner of shapes and disguises. Cupid having wounded Jupiter with his arrow lies away with his thunderbolt. In the form of a swan Jupiter approaches Leda, the object of his love, and she receives him with her caresses. A few days after, a Christian bass-relief proceeded from THoRWALDSEN'S hand, For the representation of this Biblical scene, the artist has followed the Gospel of St. John, ch. iv. Jesus is sitting at the well leaning on its rim. Before him the woman stands, her hand resting over the pitcher. She listens attentively and pensively to his speech, and marvels at hearing that he knows the most hidden circumstances of her life, and says unto him: "Sir, I perceive, that thou art a prophet." This bass-relief was completed. February 10th, 1841. On February 18th, two other bass-reliefs appeared in his studio. HoWever, no new ideas put here his hand into activity, but rather some old ones, which he now gave a somewhat different form. Psyche is still slumbering on her coach, which plainly indicates that Cupid has been resting at her side; Cupid has got up, but very gently and quietly, in order not to rouse Psyche from sleep, and he is now about to leave her. It is the catastrophe of the celebrated myth, which THoRWALDSEN here has represented. In order to see the monster to which she believes herself sacrificed, Psyche steals to the couch of her unknown lover, but at seeing Cupid instead of the monster she is about to lose the dagger. His...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236799275
  • 9781236799272