VRIES, Adriaen de
(b. ca. 1556, The Hague, d. 1626, Prague)

Psyche with Pandora's Box

Bronze, height 187 cm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

After training in Florence, Adriaen de Vries arrived in Prague in 1593 and cast two groups of Psyche carried off to Olympus by three cupids. He developed the serpentine line and enhanced the effect of immaterial lightness inspired by the Rape of the Sabines of Giambologna. The supporting point, reduced to a minimum, makes possible a sensual lyric circle of entwined bodies.