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Napoleon I of France Bust Statue
Replica sculpture by artist Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Antonio Canova, famous for his marble sculptures, is regarded is as the greatest Neoclassical artist of his time. After a tour of Europe, he developed a passion for the ancient marble sculptures. This heroic tribute to the French general and self-proclaimed emperor Napoleon, renowned for his strategies, discovering the Rosetta Stone, implementing civil law and educational program, is one of many statues and busts requested by Napoleon from Canova during this time period. Canova created our impressive sculptural bust, here cast in quality designer resin with a rough faux Roman stone finish as a sophisticated antique replica for your home or garden.
This statue can be elevated by adding one of Toscano's plinths, such as:
- English Rosette Garden Plinth: Large, CL5194
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
- 5.5"Wx5.5"Dx14.5"H. 4 lbs.
- Base: 4.25"dia.
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