It took only 270 hours for a robot to reproduce one of the world's most famous sculptural works. The artwork in question is the renowned "Cupid and Psyche."
The master of Neoclassicism, Canova, had dedicated five years of intense work to the sculptural group, completing it in 1793. However, a robotic arm, starting from a 3D scan of the work exhibited at the Louvre in Paris, managed to create a perfect copy in just over ten days, tirelessly working on a 10-ton block of Carrara white marble.
The result of Robotor's work is on display in Rome, in the courtyard of Palazzo Braschi, as part of the exhibition on Canova's art: "Eternal Beauty" (until March 15, 2020). Over 170 artworks from various institutions, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Vatican Museums, the Canova Museum in Possagno, the Musèe des Augustuns in Toulouse, and the Archaeological Museum in Naples, are also on display.
The installation, created in collaboration with Robotor, is conceived by Magister (an exhibition format by Cose Belle d’Italia Media Entertainment) and aims to provide a solution for showcasing complex masterpieces that are difficult to transfer between museums or impossible to exhibit.
Accompanying the installation is a documentary about the creation of the artwork and a video narrative of the fable of Cupid and Psyche by Apuleius. This immersive experience combines entertainment and education, with a narrative by Giuliano Pisani, voiced by Adriano Gianni, and original music by cellist Giovanni Sollima.
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