Grand Tour Marble Bust Psyche Of Capua


Grand Tour Circa 1830

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    Psyche Of Capua 

    Fine marble bust on pedestal after the antique. The bust sculpted as the goddess Psyche Of Capua presented as a nude female with a draped partial robe having curly hair posing with her head looking left. The bust upon a turned pedestal with circular base after the antique in the roman style. Soon after it was found the original sculpture was identified as Psyche, meaning ‘soul’ in ancient Greek. It is now thought to represent Aphrodite and to take its inspiration, ultimately, from the Aphrodite of Knidos. The marble dates to the first half of the 19th century Grand Tour period in Italy circa 1830.

    Grand Tour was a trip taken around Europe, typically undertaken by young men. The period began in the 17th century and went through to the late 18th century. Women over the age of 21 would occasionally partake, providing they were accompanied by a chaperone from their family. The Grand Tour was seen as an educational trip across Europe, usually starting in Dover, and would see young, wealthy travellers search for arts and culture. Those on The Grand Tour would often have a healthy supply of funds in order to enjoy themselves freely. Marble busts such as this one would be for sale to tourists partaking in the grand tour and for sale as a form of souvenir to educate and remember where they had visited.

    Measurements 23cm High x 13cm Wide x 12cm Deep (9 x 5.1 x 4.7 Inches)

    Condition Good, surface crack to the centre of the base

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