This has to be one of the most beautiful sculptures in the whole world. You can thank Antonio Canova for this piece of work (if you know how to talk to dead people). There are probably a couple of people that were expecting something different when they read the title, I hope you are pleasantly surprised.
Wikipedia says that this is a Neoclassical sculpture (whatever that means). All I know is that from the moment I saw it in the historical drama Russian Ark (I’ll talk about that another day) it has ranked in my top 10 sculptures. If you’re wondering what the other 9 sculptures in my top 10 are stop, even I don’t know. I don’t know about the symbolism of this work or how to describe it’s artistic beauty, all I know is I find it to be a warm piece full of love. Often I think sculptures in stone can be cold and laking in life, this looks like Euphosyne, Aglaea and Thalia have been captured in a secret embrace whilst spending time at the Hermitage. I’d hope you get a feeling they are really there with you (even if they are unaware) when you see the piece in real life (perhaps someone can comment).
One day I will travel to the Hermitage Museum to view this piece and every other amazing work of art kept there.