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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

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