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Canova Antonio Collection (#2)

Antonio Canova, a renowned Italian sculptor of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, left an indelible mark on the art world with his exquisite creations



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Antonio Canova, a renowned Italian sculptor of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, left an indelible mark on the art world with his exquisite creations. One such masterpiece is the "Deposition, " crafted after 1800 by Antonio d'Este. This sculpture captures the emotional moment when Christ's body is taken down from the cross, evoking a sense of grief and sorrow. Another notable work by Canova is "Cupid and Psyche, " a marble figure group measuring 155x168 cm. This enchanting piece portrays the mythical lovers in an embrace, symbolizing their eternal bond. The attention to detail and delicate craftsmanship showcase Canova's exceptional talent. In addition to his sculptures, Canova was also skilled in painting as seen in the "Portrait of the Sculptor Antonio Canova. " Created in oil on canvas during the late 18th century, this self-portrait reveals a glimpse into Canova's introspective nature and dedication to his craft. Canova's fascination with mythology can be observed through works like "Head of Medusa" from around 1801. With its intricate features and captivating gaze, this sculpture showcases both beauty and terror simultaneously. The artist's legacy lives on through various depictions of himself like the "Self-Portrait of Antonio Canova" created by his workshop in 1812. It offers insight into how he wished to be remembered - dignified yet approachable. One cannot overlook Canova's mastery displayed in pieces like "Bust of Paris" from 1809. The meticulous detailing brings out Paris' youthful charm while capturing his role as a judge for goddesses competing for beauty. Inspired by Canova’s style, Bernardino Nocchi created another rendition of “Deposition” after Antonio Canova in 1800. This interpretation pays homage to its original creator while adding unique elements that reflect Nocchi’s own artistic sensibilities.