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Antonio Canova

(1757-1822), Italian sculptor and painter

Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
Antonio Canova was an Italian sculptor who became famous for his delicate rendering of flesh in his marble sculptures. He studied at Venice and Rome, and came to be regarded as the founder of a new Neoclassicist school; his work marked a return to classical refinement after the theatrical excesses of Baroque sculpture. Canova's best known works are the tombs of popes Clement XIII (1787-92) and XIV (1783-7), several statues of Napoleon, and one of his sister Princess Borghese reclining as Venus Victrix (1805-7).

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Antonio Canova, by William Brockedon, probably after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 2515(2)

Antonio Canova

by William Brockedon, probably after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil and chalk, 1823-1849
NPG 2515(2)

Antonio Canova, by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after  Thomas Phillips - NPG D22564

Antonio Canova

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after Thomas Phillips
etching, (1816)
NPG D22564

Antonio Canova, by Henry Bone, after  John Jackson - NPG D17520

Antonio Canova

by Henry Bone, after John Jackson
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, December 1820
NPG D17520

Antonio Canova, by William Henry Worthington, published by  Septimus Prowett, after  François Xavier Fabre - NPG D38512

Antonio Canova

by William Henry Worthington, published by Septimus Prowett, after François Xavier Fabre
line engraving, published 1824
NPG D38512

Antonio Canova, by William Henry Worthington, after  François Xavier Fabre - NPG D42646

Antonio Canova

by William Henry Worthington, after François Xavier Fabre
line engraving, circa 1824
NPG D42646

Antonio Canova, by William Henry Worthington, after  François Xavier Fabre - NPG D20334

Antonio Canova

by William Henry Worthington, after François Xavier Fabre
line engraving, 1824 or before
NPG D20334

Antonio Canova, drawn by S. Levi Polacco, printed and published by  Achille Paris, after  Antonio Canova - NPG D42644

Antonio Canova

drawn by S. Levi Polacco, printed and published by Achille Paris, after Antonio Canova
line engraving, probably circa 1841
NPG D42644

Antonio Canova, by James Posselwhite, published by  William Mackenzie, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D42645

Antonio Canova

by James Posselwhite, published by William Mackenzie, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mixed method, before 1884
NPG D42645

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