Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works - Metropolitan Museum of Art 01/22/14 through 04/27/14 (City Guide Magazine)


Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works at Metropolitan Museum of Art

01/22/14 through 04/27/14 1000 Fifth Ave. Map
212-535-7710 Ages: All Ages

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Antonio Canova (1757-1822), the greatest of all Neoclassical sculptors, remains famous above all for the elegant nude mythological subjects that he carved exquisitely in marble. He also worked in a deeply serious, deceptively simple style. This less familiar Canova is revealed in an extraordinary series of full-scale plaster models illustrating episodes from the Old and New Testaments. Such models, used to review his compositions before they were transferred into stone, were a distinctive feature of his sculptural practice. These Biblical scenes were made in connection with a project for thirty-two low reliefs that were to adorn the Tempio Canoviano, the church he built for his home town Possagno, which later became the artist's mausoleum. He completed only seven models before his death.

Venue Description: Sun.-Thurs., 10am-5:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Recommended admission: $25.

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