Marble sculpture representing an "Angel with a butterfly or Cupid". Sitting on a rock covered with a drapery, the naked winged angel turns to his arm where a butterfly has landed. He delicately catches it between his left thumb and forefinger. At his feet are placed his bow and quiver covered by a branch of ivy. This sculpture dates from the end of the 19th century.
This statue may be a representation of the discovery of Psyche (symbolized as a butterfly) by Cupid. Touched by her beauty, he puts down his weapons and abandon his mission. Jealous of the beauty of the young woman, Aphrodite asked him, her son, to make her fall in love with a monster. But he himself is seduced, and takes Psyche to his palace. There, she is able to enjoy the pleasures of love as long as she does not try to find out who her lover is. Advised by her jealous sisters, Psyche tries to see him while he is asleep. To her great surprise, she discovers a being of great beauty. In her confusion, she drops burning oil which awakens the God. This one flies away in the air by naming himself. Then begins the quest of Psyche to find her husband. The myth of Psyche shows the destiny of the fallen soul who after trials always finds the divine love. It is particularly appreciated by artists and amateurs at the end of the 19th century.
Dim: W: 13 in - D: 11,8in - H: 24,8in.
Dim: L:33cm, P:30cm, H:63cm.
The left little finger broken and glued back together. Two cracks reattached to the tip of the left wing.