Happy Belated Birthday, Antonio Canova

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, Louvre
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, Louvre

“I have read that the ancients, when they had produced a sound, used to modulate it, heightening and lowering its pitch without departing from the rules of harmony. So must the artist do in working at the nude.”

 Antonio Canova (November 1, 1757 – October 13, 1822) Italian sculptor from the Republic of Venice celebrated for his marble sculptures that delicately rendered nude flesh.

20 Comments

  1. Scott Marshall

    I had completely lost your blogs – I will have to understand why that was – but anyway I found it through your RT so thanks – I have seen quiet a bit of Canova in Italy but the 3 graces was I thought sublime (seen in Edinburgh) I do love sculpture – the best I have ever seen bar none was The Veiled Christ http://www.museosansevero.it/inglese/cappellasansevero/cristovelato.html by Corrandini in Naples – so life like it takes your breath – also Rodans the Kiss (Tate Modern)

    1. Clanmother

      I think I have figured out the mystery of the “lost blogs.” It has happened to me several times. When someone changes their theme, (which happens quite often) their blog is dropped from the “reader.”

      Oh!! What a wonderful experience to see The Veiled Christ. I can only imagine what it was like to be in its presence. Truly magnificent!!!

  2. friendlytm

    This is one of my favorite pieces of sculptures. My niece drew a picture from this sculpture in a school fund-raising project. I bid on it and won it for my own collection! Isn’t it lovely?

    1. Clanmother

      You will enjoy that picture for many years to come. There is something magical when someone is inspired by another’s creative talent. It is the best way to ensure that artistic endeavour lives on. Part of the fun of being at the Louvre was seeing all of the painters copying the masters. 🙂

  3. melanie

    Great pix, Becky, as usually… 🙂 I lived in Paris for several years and I used to go to Louvre quite often… and I was never tired of it! 🙂

    1. Clanmother

      Oh!!! How absolutely wonderful to be able to drop by the Louvre because it was so close. I agree – I think it would be impossible to tire of it. 🙂 Thank you for your visits and comments. And I have always loved being called “Becky.” Take care…

      1. Clanmother

        We are on a grand adventure – we may be on opposite sides of the word, but we are walking the same pathway. Merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires. La vie est une fête.

    1. Clanmother

      This is excellent information and a wonderful post. I especially appreciated that you reminded us not to confuse Rinaldo Rinaldi with the fiction Corsican Robber! I didn’t know the connection with Antonio Canova was that of teacher and student – Rinaldo Rinaldi being the student. Thank you for adding so much to the discussion!

    1. Clanmother

      Without art, our existence would be diminished…

      “If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” Yann Martel, Life of Pi

    1. Clanmother

      The Hermitage was overwhelming! I’ve started Robert Massie’s book “Catherine the Great.” It is a page-turner. I can see why they called her “great.” Thank you so much for your comments!!

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