Museum Gypsotheca Antonio Canova

  • Author Mario Guderzo
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 17 x 24 cm
  • Pages 208
  • Illustrations 150
  • Language English
  • Year 2022
  • ISBN 9788836652853
  • Price € 15,00  € 14,25
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“The Museum Gypsotheca Antonio Canova in Possagno is a place like no other.
There, with Canova’s spirit and legacy, lie the objects, the things. And while the Sanctuary lets us get to know the greatness and aesthetic principles of the artist’s works, the home speaks to us of the everyday rituals of the man.”
Vittorio Sgarbi

The guide to the Museum Gypsotheca Antonio Canova in Possagno, the sculptor’s native town, retraces the artistic journey of the genius of Neoclassicism, exploring the places he called his own, taking a closer look at his method of working, and analysing his relationship with antiquity.
Through the original models of the famous works conserved there, the museum investigates the most important themes and subjects of his production, such as the representation of love, dance, and beauty, with a focus on his great masterpieces and the historical figures that played a considerable role in his artistic career, such as Napoleon and George Washington.


Home after life
Vittorio Sgarbi

Antonio Canova.
At the Origins of the Genius of Neoclassicism

Canova’s places
The Birthplace and the Gypsotheca

A temple for eternity
The Parish Church

How Canova worked
The Creative Process

Canova and Antiquity
The Relationship with the Classics

Canova as a painter
A Moment of Research and Reflection

Thoughts of Dances and Jests of Nymphs

The Cupids’ market
An Ironic Interpretation of the Myth

Love according to Canova
Cupid and Psyche, Venus and Adonis, Cephalus and Procris

Dancing for Canova
Lightness and Grace Expressed in Movement

The Venuses of Antonio Canova
Venus Italica and Venus Leaving the Bath

The Myth of Beauty
Sleeping Endymion, Paris and Paolina

The three Graces of Possagno
From Josephine de Beauharnais to John Russell, Duke of Bedford

Two Giants
Hercules and Lichas and Theseus Defeating the Centaur

Canova and Napoleon
An Encounter between two Protagonists of European History

Canova and George Washington
Celebrating the First President of the United States

Canova Engraved
The Spread of His Art

Carlo Scarpa and Canova
The Expansion of the Plaster Cast Gallery

Canova’s Tombs
The Theme of Death and the Funeral Monuments


Biographical Timeline