2015/03/11

ANTONIO CANOVA

ANTONIO CANOVA; (1757-1822) an Italian sculptor from the Republic of Venice who became famous for his marble sculptures that delicately rendered nude (a genre of art having the unclothed human body as its primary subject) flesh. I just loved his work;



The work that first established his fame at Rome was Theseus Vanguishing the Minotaur; Theseus is the mythological founder-king of Athens, while the Minotaur is a monster with the head of a bull in human body that was killed by Theseus in Greek Mythology. The sculpture is now in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.



Another masterpiece of Neoclassical sculpture of him is Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, showing the mythological lovers at a moment of great emotion, characteristic of the emerging movement of Romanticism. It represents Cupid (the god of love in classical mythology), awakening the lifeless Psyche with a kiss. The story of "Cupid and Psyche" is taken from Latin novel Metamorphoses also known as The Golden Ass which was written in the 2nd century by Apuleius. The novel became very popular in art and has been retold in poetry, drama, and opera, and depicted widely in painting and sculpture. This sculpture of Canova is now displayed in Paris Louvre Museum.  I had came across with this sculpture before while writing a post about a creative artist Jonty Hurwitz and his work of the smallest models of Human formed sculptures. http://technorigin.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-smallest-models-of-human-form-ever.html



Another great sculpture of Canova is The Three Graces, another Neoclassical Sculpture in marble, of the Greek mythological three charites, daughters of Zeus - identified on some engravings of the statue as, from left to right, Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia whoe were said to present beauty, charm and joy. The first version of the statue is now displayed in Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg.

One of my favourite sculptures of him is definitely this one;


The Peninent Magdalene in Hermitage Museum and another version of the sculpture (struck a chord) is displayed as The Repentant Magdalane in Museum di Sant' Agostino in Genoa. Just as important, one suspects, is the figure herself, Mary Magdalene mourning the loss of her beloved Jesus; a stark and striking image of grief, the painful reality.

For more of his notable works, please check my newsletter in Paper.Li  http://paper.li/TECHNORIGIN/1425335003?edition_id=93231b70-c7bf-11e4-a965-0cc47a0d1609#!photos

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