Archive for October, 2009

Antonio Canova in France

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

In 1815 he was commissioned by the Pope to oversee the transmission from Paris of those works of art which had formerly been conveyed there under the direction of Napoleon. Although his modesty forbade him to ever mention this but during this he showed an ever-active benevolence, especially towards the artists. By his passion and exertions – for there were many disagreeing interests to consider- he adjusted the affair in a manner at once creditable to his judgment and fortunate for his country.
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Antonio Canova in England

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

In the autumn of 1816 year he gratified his wish he had long cherished of visiting London, where he was acknowledged with the highest tokens of esteem. The artist for whom he showed particular sympathy and regard in London was Benjamin Haydon, who was then recently transported to England, and ignorantly depreciated by polite connoisseurs and also the one who might at the time be counted as the sole representative of historical painting in London, and whom he especially honored for his championship of the Elgin marbles. Among Canova’s English pupils were sculptors Sir Richard Westmacott and John Gibson.
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The studies of Antonio Canova

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The early years of Canova passed in study; the bias of his intellect was to sculpture. In his ninth year he executed two small shrines of Carrara marble, which are still in existence. Amongst those who patronized his grandfather was the patrician family Falier of Venice, and by this means young Canova was first introduced to the senator of that name, who was later to become his most fervent patron. After the termination of this engagement he began to work on his own account and the some monks provided him with his first workshop. Here he labored for four years with the greatest perseverance.
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