A superb example of the work of Canova.
The original statue, 'Mercury in flight', was the work of the Venetian sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822).
Mercury, (Hermes to the Greeks) was identified, as seen here, by his winged hat, winged sandals and his wand, the kerykeion. He was, chiefly, the messenger of the gods, especially of Zeus, but he was also the god of transitions. In this capacity he was known as 'psychopompos', 'Escorter of Souls', as it was his task to lead the souls of the dead to the Underworld.
|dimensions etc||Height: 44cm|
|material||Cast Carrara marble. Mounted on an integrated marble socle. The beautiful white marble of Carrara in Tuscany was used for the Pantheon in ancient Rome, and was a favourite of Michelangelo. The sculptures in this collection are created using a process of 'dry casting', so that each sculpture contains over 90% marble.|
|country of origin||Made in the UK.|
marble Canova Mercury
- Code: SA-055
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £166.67