All you need is LOVE---LOVE is all you need. At least that’s what the Beatles sang---nearly 50 times (go ahead & count them) in their 1967 hit song. Of course, that sentiment is not original to those boys from Liverpool, nor are they the first to laud the idea of love. Books, poems, paintings and, of course, the Bible all describe that most basic human need.
One artist who expressed that sentiment was Italian Antonio Canova (1757-1822) whose work “Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss,” is one of the more popular sculptures at the Louvre in Paris. Based on an ancient tale about the Greek god of love named Cupid who rescues the beautiful young woman named Psyche with a kiss, they go on to live happily ever after.
Psyche is the personification of the human soul or mind or emotions (hence--psychology). Thus, the greatest human need is satisfied by love. It is ironic that the sculptor Canova lived to be in his 60’s but never married. Evidently, for some----all you need is art.
You don’t need to travel to Paris to see his work. The National Gallery of Art in D.C. has four of Canova’s other sculptures. A copy of a life size statue he sculpted of George Washington that was destroyed by a fire can be seen in the rotunda of the North Carolina State Capitol. And the little town of Canova, South Dakota was named after him.