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Euro Rotelli: L’Amour et Psychè

By 7. 5. 2008 May 14th, 2019 No Comments

Euro Rotelli
L’Amour et Psychè

7.05.2008 – 16.06.2008
20h

L’Amour et Psychè

Over the centuries, the mythological tale of Eros and Psyche has influenced – and been a notable artistic stimulus in – western art, be this figurative, musical or literary. Beginning in the classical art of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, through neo-Classicism right up to modern popular short stories. In Italy, the story has been told by Boiardo and Firenzuola, and elsewhere by Moliére, Calderòn de la Barca and La Fontaine.

Euro Rotelli
L’Amour et Psychè

L’Amour et Psychè

Over the centuries, the mythological tale of Eros and Psyche has influenced – and been a notable artistic stimulus in – western art, be this figurative, musical or literary. Beginning in the classical art of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, through neo-Classicism right up to modern popular short stories. In Italy, the story has been told by Boiardo and Firenzuola, and elsewhere by Moliére, Calderòn de la Barca and La Fontaine. 

And it is this last author to whom I owe the inspiration to photographically depict the story of Eros and Psyche. Turning those pages, I found myself drawn into and fascinated by the events. 

The journey which unfolds as the heroine moves from a narcisistic love, through sensual love until achieving a pure and undemanding love can be seen as symbolising the journey of the soul as it seeks out that perfect love. But violating the forbidden also betrays the weakness of human and female nature and, at the same time, the discovery on the part of the woman of the naked man, and so of the sexual side of love. La Fontaine boldly and mischievously weaves together the differing motifs from this long tradition in his multi-faceted work, a blend of prose and verse. 

The figure of Eros – also known as Cupid – is represented in the popular imagination by a blond, boy-angel who spends his time shooting his arrows like a child, but is here more a handsome youth and symbol of that eroticism whose description has taken his name. 

Unlike other stories, this one emphasises the sensual and erotic undertones on every page, but never descends into the pornographic or the vulgar. 

It is a hymn to love, and sex is an integral part. But it is also more: the erotic seeks out new levels of purity through the sacrificial path chosen by Psyche in her total dedication to Love, which leads her to voluntarily accept the most extreme trials and suffering. 

In this collection I have tried to show this journey, infusing it with sensual pleasure and pain together, creating that bucolic background which accompanies these events. Each scene underlines one particular moment in the tale: the discovery of sexuality, the loneliness and suffering of Psyche, and finally the sensual dance of pleasure, not only erotic but also spiritual.

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