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Dancer with Finger on Chin Sculpture (c.1809)
by artist Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Reflecting the early 19th century's obsession with classic antiquity and the female form, even a dancer sculpture becomes an almost ethereal Greek goddess at the hands of Italian Antonio Canova. From the dramatically coy pose to the elegant gossamer gown, Canova's graceful female muse is replicated in almost four feet of quality designer resin with a faux stone finish for your spa bath, formal garden or home gallery. This is another amazing Design Toscano exclusive from the artist celebrated during his lifetime as Europe's greatest sculptor.
- Statue fits on our Grande English Rosette Garden Sculptural Plinth CL5193, or Corinthian Pillar Capital JQ7665, or Roman Doric Column Classical Fluted Architectural Plinth: Wide KY2273.
About The Artist
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. The Theseus was admired much for the visible physical exhaustion of the victorious Theseus while a simple and natural expression displays on his face. Canova's sculpture united the revered concepts of grandeur and truth.
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.
Antonio Canova was the greatest sculptor of his time dubbed the supreme minister of beauty and a unique and truly divine man. Until his death Canova s renown grew throughout Europe and eventually the entire world.
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Weights & Dimensions
- 12"Wx12"Dx42.5"H. 19 lbs.