Venus Italica Garden Statue
By artist Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Master sculptor Antonio Canova's ever popular Venus was commissioned to replace one forcibly taken by Napoleonic forces during the occupation of Italy. Our replica recreates this masterpiece, often acclaimed for its realism and classical beauty. The young goddess with a head of curls and fresh from her bath, bends to gather her royal wrap, all intimate details captured in our quality designer resin replica. Finished in faux antique stone, this Design Toscano-exclusive, statuesque nearly four-foot-tall sculpt becomes an instant focal point in garden, spa bath, boudoir or poolside.
15"Wx14½"Dx47"H. 16 lbs.
Was: $399.00
Now: $299.00
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   Antonio Canova (1757-1822)

Antonio Canova was a Venetian sculptor famous for his marble sculptures of nudes, delicately detailed and classically refined. Canova is the quintessential neoclassical sculptor; his work marked a return to the classical order following the grandiose theatrics of the Baroque movement.

Both Canova's father and grandfather were stonecutters and as soon as young Antonio could hold a pencil, he began to follow into the family profession and quickly became attached to his art.By 1775, Canova had opened his own studio and his first sculpture was deemed so realistic, that he was accused of making plaster casts from live models. In 1779, Canova settled in Rome, where he was strongly influenced by classical antiquity. Theseus Slaying the Centaur first established Canova's fame in Rome as a sculptor.

Among Canova 's greatest sculptures were the tombs for two popes, Clement XIII and Clement XIV, the former flanked by Canova's Grand Lions. Canova's sculpture of Cupid and Psyche, however, was the sculpture most admired by his contemporaries along with his other sculptures depicting the mythological.

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