Works by Canova: photo gallery

Maddalena penitente | Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Maddalena penitente (1809)


Works by Canova. A photo gallery dedicated to Antonio Canova.
The main works by one of the main neoclassical artists and the last great Italian artist at European level, as well.

Canova’s white marble statues are characterized by harmony and refinement and they represent the universal idea of beauty.
The subjects of his sculptures are two: mythological allegories and funerary monuments.

READ ALSO: Antonio Canova. Life and works and see also the photos of the Sale Canoviane at the Museo Correr in Venice.

Teseo e il Centauro | Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Teseo e il Centauro (1805-1819)

 Paolini Borghese | Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Paolina Borghese (1808)

Paolina Borghese was Napoleon’s sister and wife of Prince Camillo Borghese.
This sculpture was commissioned in about 1805 precisely by Paolina’s husband to celebrate the beauty and power of his wife: a beautiful 25-year-old woman and protagonist of the social life of her time.

I dedicated the post Paolina Borghese to this spectacular sculpture: where to see Canova’s sculpture that I recommend you read 😉

Monumento funebre a Maria Cristina d'Austria | Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Monumento funebre a Maria Cristina d’Austria (1798-1805)

Leone | Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Leone alle Gallerie dell’Accademia.

The Lion of the Gallerie dell’Accademia was created by Antonio Canova for students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice.
This Lion was conceived by the artist as a didactic tool for the students of that school where he himself had studied and to which he remained attached throughout his life.
This lion is not of marble, it was not made for a rich nineteenth-century businessman, it was not placed in the hall of a sumptuous palace.

This Lion is part of the museum itinerary of the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, which exhibits a series of works that Canova had designed for educational use and therefore reserved for students.
All information on this section of the museum can be found in the post CANOVA IN VENICE: CANOVA AT THE GALLERIES OF THE ACADEMY OF VENICE

Ercole e Lica | Canova

Antonio Canova, Ercole e Lica (1795 -1815)

Dedalo e Icaro | Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Dedalo e Icaro (1779)

Daedalus and Icarus was commissioned to the artist by the prosecutor Pietro Vettor Pisani for the Pisani Moretta palace on the Grand Canal.
The artist was only 27 years old and, despite his young age, he manages to create a masterpiece that represents a turning point in his career. In fact, with the fee agreed with the client Canova he moved to Rome to complete his training, going to the Eternal City to observe live the works of classicism.

Tre Grazie | Canova

Antonio Canova, Tre Grazie (1813 -1816)

Ebe | Canova

Antonio Canova, Ebe (1816)

Antonio Canova’s Ebe is a sculpture preserved in the San Domenico Museums of Forlì.
It was commissioned to the artist by Countess Veronica Zauli Naldi Guarini in 1816.
The sculpture was sold by the heirs of the countess to the municipality of Forlì and it is now possible to admire it at the end of the museum itinerary.

The peculiarity of this work is that Canova inserted a mechanism that allowed the sculpture to rotate, so it was possible to admire it at 360 degrees and without turning around.

Amore e Psiche | Canova

Antonio Canova, Amore e Psiche (1794-96 circa)

Orfeo ed Euridice | Canova

Antonio Canova, Orfeo ed Euridice (1775 – 1776)

Orpheus and Eurydice (1775-1776) is Canova’s first great masterpiece, which with this sculptural group can demonstrate his talent and abilities.
The artist creates this work for the residence of Senator Giovanni Falier in Asolo and consists of two sculptures that must be placed close to each other.
Now the sculptural group is exhibited at the Correr Museum in Venice.

Venere italica | Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Venere italica (1804-1812)

Amore e Psiche | Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Amore e Psiche (1787-93)

Cupid and Psyche is probably the most beautiful sculptural group that Canova has made.
It represents the love encounter between two young people and the struggle between heart and mind.
Love went to Psyche every night to be with her but could not show her face. Until one day, driven by curiosity, the girl wanted to look at the face of her beloved, infuriating the god.

The work was commissioned to Canova in 1788 and I told its whole story in the post Amore e Psiche: where it is and why Canova created it.

Creante | Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Creugante (1796-1801)

Teseo sul Minotauro | Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Teseo sul Minotauro (1781-1783)

Antonio Canova was the last great artist born in what was the ancient Republic of Venice.
His talent crossed the borders of his homeland and conquered Europe and the world.
Suffice it to recall that he even made a sculpture of the First President of the United States of America, George Whashington. Work that was destroyed by a fire but its appeal remains in sketches, drawings and copies.
To find out more about this brilliant artist, I suggest you also read the post on the life and works of Antonio Canova.

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