Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss is a sculpture by Italian artist Antonio Canova first commissioned in 1787 by Colonel John Campbell. It is regarded as a masterpiece of Neoclassical sculpture, but shows the mythological lovers at a moment of great emotion, characteristic of the emerging movement of Romanticism, it represents the god Cupid in the height of love and tenderness after awakening the lifeless Psyche with a kiss. The story of Cupid and Psyche is taken from Lucius Apuleius' Latin novel The Golden Ass, was popular in art. Joachim Murat acquired the first or prime version in 1800. After his death the statue entered the Louvre Museum in Paris, France in 1824. A full-scale model for the 2nd version is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Having been awakened, Psyche reaches up towards her lover, Cupid, as he holds her by supporting her head and breast. Antonio Canova's fine technique in carving marble contrasts their realistic smooth skin with the surrounding elements. Loosely draped around Psyche’s lower body, a sheet further emphasizes the difference between the texture of skin and drapery.

Rough texture provides the basis of the rock upon which the composition is placed supplementing the distinctions of elements. Fine curls and lines make up the hair and light feathery details create realistic wings upon the landing Cupid. In Apuleius, Psyche had been warned by Venus against opening the jar she was given to collect a scrap of beauty from Proserpina for Venus: "’But I give you one strong warning. Do not open or peep into the you carry, repress all curiosity as to the "Imprisoned Treasure of Divine Beauty".’” But she gave way to curiosity just as she had returned from her voyage into the Underworld, peering into the jar to take some of the Divine Beauty for herself. However, Proserpina had not filled it with the Beauty, but rather with the “Sleep of the Innermost Darkness, the night of Styx, which freed from its cell rushed upon her and penetrated her whole body with a heavy cloud of unconsciousness and unfolded her where she lay.” It is the moment. “Delicately purging her of the Sleep, which he put back in its original lair the, he roused Psyche with a charming prick of his Arrow.”

Various details such as the jar behind Psyche allude to the story by Apuleius as Psyche had just opened it and had gone to sleep thus the jar remains lying beside her. Additionally, the arrow which Cupid struck Psyche with to awaken her is found near the jar and Cupid wears a quiver next to his waist. Amor and Psyche by Antonio Canova, Detail There is a handle near one of Psyche’s feet as the statue was meant to be able to be revolved on its base. Many of Canova’s sculptures had custom built settings or a device that would move the base, thus the handle provided for some of the movement of the statue; this movement emphasizes the emotion and beauty of the sculpture while piquing interest from all angles. Carl Ludwig Fernow, a critic of Canova, complained about the vitality of the embracing figures as there is no singular view from which it should be seen, he stated, “‘you must run around it, look at it from high and low, up and down, look at it again and keep getting lost.’ Fernow continued that one’s view must have a singular fixed point without the entire piece striking the viewer.

Fernow’s criticism of Canova’s work is a complaint of having to view the sculpture by walking around it rather than from one perspective. Fernow continues, “‘this effort is somewhat mitigated, for the group perches on a pedestal and can be walked around at will. Venetian Senator Giovanni Falier was Canova’s patron with great influence which started Canova’s career. During Napoleon Bonaparte's campaigns of 1796–97, Napoleon caught wind of Canova’s sculpture. Canova however, deemed himself an independent artist and had rejected a court invitation from Czarina Catherine II, as Canova believed, “art was above politics.” Yet this was not enough as “in the end power politics, manifested in French pressure on the papacy, forced to acquiesce.” Against his wishes, Canova gained various titles and honors such as “Cavaliere of the Golden Spur, Cavaliere di Cristo, marquisate of Ischia. Canova was a wildly successful independent sculptor and his skill and talent is evident within his works such as Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss.

Cupid and Psyche A closer look at Psyche Revived by Cupid's KissLouvre

The Tigers Have Spoken

The Tigers Have Spoken is a 2004 live album by Neko Case. The album was recorded at several live shows in Chicago and Toronto in the spring of 2004. Neko's backing band featured The Sadies and Jon Rauhouse. Guest performers included Carolyn Mark, Kelly Hogan, Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops, Paul Morstad and Brian Connelly; the album was produced by Darryl Neudorf. The album consists of a combination of Case originals and cover songs such as the Nervous Eaters' "Loretta", The Shangri-Las' "The Train From Kansas City", Loretta Lynn's "Rated X", it marked a return to the alternative country sound which Case had moved away from after her first two solo albums. "If You Knew" – 2:30 - Case/Sadies "Soulful Shade of Blue" – 2:33 - Buffy Ste. Marie "Hex" – 4:59 - Catherine Ann Irwin "The Train From Kansas City" – 3:25 - Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich "The Tigers Have Spoken" – 2:41 - Case/Sadies "Blacklisted" – 2:11 - Case "Loretta" – 2:09 - Steve Cataldo "Favorite" – 3:36 - Case "Rated X" – 2:49 - Loretta Lynn "This Little Light" – 3:00 - traditional "Wayfaring Stranger" – 3:16 - traditional "Tigers Are Noble" – 1:07

Mikel Pagola

Mikel Pagola Biurrun is a Spanish footballer who plays for CD Tudelano as a goalkeeper. Apart from 18 months with Salamanca in Segunda División, he spent the vast majority of his career in Segunda División B, where he made over 400 appearances in service of 11 teams. Born in Pamplona, Pagola began his senior career with CD Oberena in Tercera División and joined Segunda División B team CA Osasuna B in 2001 having a season on loan at SD Ponferradina before switching to Burgos CF in 2004. Pagola earned his first transfer to a professional club, UD Salamanca of Segunda División, in the summer of 2007, he made the first of his 18 competitive appearances for the Castile and León side on 5 September, in a 1–2 home loss against Elche CF in the second round of the Copa del Rey. On 19 January 2008, having fallen to third-choice behind Alberto and Biel Ribas, he terminated his contract and returned to division three with Ponferradina. After again being featured sparingly at the Estadio El Toralín, Pagola represented in quick succession and always in the third tier Deportivo Alavés, CD Badajoz, Real Balompédica Linense, CD El Palo and CD Tudelano.

With the latter, for whom he signed in 2014, he had good form in the second half of the 2015–16 campaign, beating José Manuel Domínguez Vilches' clean sheet record of 976 minutes without conceding a goal in the competition and Abel Resino's of 1,275 across all Spanish football, racking up 1,342 before letting in the only goal of a home defeat to Hércules CF in the promotion play-offs. Mikel Pagola at BDFutbol Mikel Pagola at Futbolme Mikel Pagola at Soccerway