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Antonio Canova

Italian sculptor, painter, draftsman, and architect

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Canova was the most successful and influential Neoclassical sculptor. During the 1780s he developed a new style marked by severity and idealistic purity, which led many of his contemporaries to prefer his ideal sculptures to such previously universally admired antique statues as the Medici Venus and the Farnese Hercules. He was also a popular portrait sculptor, often combining a classicizing format with a naturalistic presentation of features.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500115339.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Antonio Canova:

Raphael Morghen after Antonio Canova Theseus with the Slain Minotaurus, late 18th century - early 19th century Engraving
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