It was a bitterly cold December day in Paris, yet the inside of The Louvre was filled with the warm glow of lights and the bustle of people. I remember just standing there in the corridor, absolutely speechless in the presence of such a great work. No, it wasn’t the Mona Lisa, it was something lesser-known to the general public— Antonio Canova’s Cupid and Psyche. I remember it was the first time a work of art had really spoken to me. I couldn’t explain what it was about that sculpture— maybe the way the cold, hard marble revealed such a depth of love and passion as the two figures locked in an embrace— that touched my soul so profoundly. As I traveled throughout Europe, I was lucky enough to experience many famous works of art—from Botticelli’s La Primavera, to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Pieta, to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa—yet none of them spoke to me the way this sculpture did.
During my year abroad, I not only gained a greater sense of appreciation for the works, but also for the artists. To this day, it still amazes me how someone could dream up something so spectacular and then translate it onto a medium. Take, for example, Michelangelo’s David. If you look closely at the sculpture, you can see each protruding vein on his hand, each curve of his throat and each ripple of muscle, as if he was about to be set in motion. And to think that one man created this masterpiece out of a piece of marble just amazes me.
In this spirit, our March “Arts” Issue recognizes both Paradise Valley artists and their works, featuring stories on contemporary artist Sara Abbott, Ballet Arizona’s master of dance IB Andersen, and the talented artisans churning out hand-crafted wind bells at Cosanti.
Until Next Month,