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Canova, Antonio

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Born: 1757 AD
Died: 1822 AD, at 64 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Sculptor

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1757 - Born on the 1st of November at Possagno, an obscure village situated amid the recesses of the hills of Asolo.

 

1780 - He arrived in Rome on the 28th day of December. It was here he was to perfect himself by a study of the most splendid relics of antiquity, and to put his talents to the severest test by a competition with the living masters of the art.

 

1787 - Opened the finished monument to public inspection on this year.

 

1795 - Produced numerous works, which several were repetitions of previous productions.

 

1798 - He retired in this year, and there he continued for about a year, principally employed in painting, of which art also he had some knowledge.

 

1802 - He went to Paris to model a bust of the first consul.

 

1815 - Commissioned by the Pope to superintend the transmission from Paris of those works of art, which had formerly been conveyed thither under the direction of Napoleon.

 

1816 - Returned to Rome, with the ransomed spoils of his country's genius.

 

1819 - He repaired accordingly to Possagno.

 

1822 - He paid a visit to Naples in May, to superintend the construction of wax moulds for an equestrian statue of the perjured Bourbon king Ferdinand VII. And died on 13th of November.

 


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