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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