Sculptures of Antonio Canova

Sculptures of Antonio Canova

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Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova (1757—1822), Italian sculptor, was born on the 1st of November 1757, at Passagno, a vague village situated amid the recesses of the hills of Asolo, where these form the last furrow of the Venetian Alps, as they subside into the plains of Treviso. At three years of age, Canova was deprived of parents, his father died, and his mother remarrying. Their loss, however, was rewarded by the tender solicitude and care of his paternal grandfather and grandmother, the latter of whom lived to experience in her turn the kindest personal attention from her grandson, who, when he had His father and grandfather followed the occupation of stone-cutters or minor statuaries; and it is said that their family had for numerous period supplied Passagno with members of that calling. As soon as Canova’s hand could hold a pencil, his grandfather Pasino initiated him into the principles of drawing. (1911 Encyclopedia) (more…)

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