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  • The Forgotten Mind is a marble sculpture by Augustin Pajou (Paris, 1730 - Paris, 1809) finished in 1790. The statue was commissioned for the Royal Buildings, in 1783, to serve as a piece to compliment Edmé Bouchardon's 'Amour se taillant un arc' (Cupid Cutting His Bow from Hercule's Club, also uploaded on the Scan The World archive). The plaster model was exposed in the Salon in 1785, but the built-in nudity of the sculpture and the realism of the grieving face of Psyche caused a scandal, and the art was retired from the building. The piece was forgotten about. The piece depicts the story of Cupid and Psyche in the Metamorphoses novel by Aupleius. Psyche's quest to win back Cupid's love when it's lost to her first appears inThe Golden Ass of Lucius Apuleius in the 2nd century AD. Psyche is amazing the goddess Venus becomes envious. In retaliation, she instructs her son Cupid to make her fall in love with a horrible creature; but he falls in love with her himself. He becomes her unseen husband, seeing with her just at nighttime. Psyche disobeys his orders not to try and in doing so she loses him. In her hunt for him she undertakes a series of challenging and cruel undertakings place by Venus in the hope of winning him back. Cupid can eventually endure to be apart from her or to see her anguish and pleads their cause to the gods. Soul becomes an immortal and the lovers are wed in heaven.


    This item is part of "Scan The World". Scan the World is a nonprofit initiative introduced by MyMiniFactory, through which we're creating an electronic archive of landmarks, artworks and totally 3D printable sculptures from across the world for the people to get free of charge. Scan the World is an open source, community effort, if you've got interesting pieces around you and want to give, e-mail [email protected] to learn ways to help.


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