The Three Graces Statue: Large
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By artist Antonio Canova (1757-1822), in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Perhaps the greatest and most celebrated sculptor of his generation, Antonio Canova is still revered for his polished, sensual style and intrinsic understanding of ancient Roman sculpture. The Three Graces expresses his Neoclassical appreciation for the beauty and grace of the female form while reinterpreting the mythology of the ancient fable. The sister goddesses, daughters of Zeus and attendants to Venus, are captured in one of history's most celebrated interpretations of feminine nature. Aglaia ("splendor"), Eurphrosyne ("joy") and Thalia ("abundance"), remind us that balance and joy are indeed a result of grace. Perfect addition for your home or garden gallery, our Design Toscano sculpture is mesmerizingly detailed from draped fabric to beautiful faces. Cast in quality fiberglass reinforced designer resin, for year-round display in home, garden or restaurant, this Neoclassical masterpiece boasts an exquisite, faux French limestone finish.
Large: 29½"Wx16"Dx58"H. 115 lbs.
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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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