Happy World Kissing Day!
now this is remarkable.
i hope you, too, thought this was a picture of actual human beings. the fingers that slightly indent the flesh of a woman. looks normal. but it should not. it is a 400 year old sculpture - marble - that is a fucking hard material.
contemporaries used to describe the way bernini worked as “raping marble” because he could do things to it, other were not even able to think of.
another sculpture of his “apollo and daphne” is just as remarkable because he managed to sculpt leaves that were so thin they became translucent. remember we are talking about stone here.
Bernini Sculpture: Pluto and Proserpina (1621-22)