Antonio Canova

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Antonio Canova

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Italian Neoclassical painter, draftsman, sculptor and architect

Born 11/1/1757 - Died 10/13/1822

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Cupid and Psyche

1794

Plaster

134.6 x 151.1 x 81.3 cms | 52 3/4 x 59 1/4 x 32 ins

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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Cupid and Psyche

1797

Marble

Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

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Study of a Nude Man in Profile turned to the Right

Pen and brown ink over graphite

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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The Graces and Venus Dancing before Mars

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Bronze

6 x 7.3 cms | 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 ins

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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Venus and Cupid

1798-1799

Terracotta

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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Head of Medusa

1806-7

Plaster cast, with modern metal rod

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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Bust of Napoleon

circa 1808-1814

White marble (probably Carrara)

73.7 x 48.3 x 43.2 cms | 29 x 19 x 17 ins

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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Reclining Naiad

1819-1824

White marble on grey marble plinth (non-original)

88.9 x 190.5 x 82.6 cms | 35 x 75 x 32 1/2 ins

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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The Vestal

circa 1819-23

Marble

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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Paris

circa 1822-231812

Marble

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, United States

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CANOVA, ANTONIO (1757—1822), Italian sculptor, was born on the 1st of November 1757, at Passagno, an obscure village situated amid the recesses of the hills of Asolo, where these form the last undulations of the Venetian Alps, as they subside into the plains of Treviso. At three years of age Canova was deprived of both parents, his father dying and his mother remarrying. Their loss, however, was compensated by the tender solicitude and care of his paternal grandfather and grandmother, the latter of whom lived to experience in her turn the kindest personal attention from her grandson, who, when he had the means, gave her an asylum in his house at Rome. His father and grandfather followed the occupation of stone-cutters or minor statuaries; and it is said that their family had for several ages supplied Passagno with members of that calling. As soon as Canova’s hand could hold a pencil, he was initiated into the principles of drawing by his grandfather Pasino. The latter possessed some knowledge both of drawing and of architecture, designed well, and showed considerable taste in the execution of ornamental warks. He was greatly attached to his art; and upon his young charge he looked as one who was to perpetuate, not only the family name, but also the family profession ...