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Canova | Thorvaldsen: La nascita della scultura moderna

Canova | Thorvaldsen: La nascita della scultura moderna

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Canova | Thorvaldsen: La nascita della scultura moderna
Canova | Thorvaldsen: The Birth of Modern Sculpture

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Stefano Grandesso and Fernando Mazzocca. Galleria d'Italia, Milan, 2019. Published in association with Skira Editore, Milan.

408 pp. Well illustrated (all col.). 29 x 25 cm. In Italian. Hardcover.

ISBN 9788857242521

The Canova exhibition | Thorvaldsen. The birth of modern sculpture represents, both for the importance and beauty of the exhibited works, and for the great scientific relevance, an extraordinary opportunity to learn about sculpture between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A period in which this art underwent a decisive transformation thanks to the genius of the Italian Antonio Canova (Possagno 1757 - Venice 1822) and the Danish Bertel Thorvaldsen (Copenhagen 1770 - 1844), protagonists and rivals on the still grandiose scene of a cosmopolitan Rome where did they get to deal with the universal values ​​of classicism? and ancient. In fact, they were recognized and celebrated as the "modern classics", capable of transforming the very idea of ​​sculpture and its technique, creating immortal masterpieces that have become, also why? continuously reproduced, loved and popular all over the world. The prestigious collaboration with the Thorvaldsen's Museum in Copenhagen and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the contribution of fundamental loans granted by important Italian and foreign museums, but also by exclusive private collections, made it possible to compare, for the first time in an exhibition , the two artists, following them in their fascinating biographical and creative path. Was the comparison originally made in Rome, where they spent most of their lives and achieved celebrity? thanks to an extraordinary career. Canova had moved there from 1781 from Venice, while the most? Will young Thorvaldsen join him? in 1797 from Copenhagen. In the following two decades and beyond, when their presence made Rome the capital of modern sculpture, they were rivals and challenged each other on the same motifs and subjects, each giving its own original interpretation. These were the figures of ancient mythology which, like the Graces, Cupid and Psyche, Venus, Ebe, represented in the western collective imagination the embodiment of the great universal themes of life and death, such as the short journey of youth, the enchantment of beauty, the flattery and disappointment of The possibility? to gather their statues more? belle allowed us to set up a real marble Olympus, emblem of a civilization? who looked to the ancient, but who aspired at the same time to modernity. Canova and? he was the revolutionary artist, capable of assigning the primacy over other arts to sculpture, through the comparison and the overcoming of the ancients. Thorvaldsen, studying the work and strategy of the rival, yes and? inspired by an idea more? austere and nostalgic for classicism, starting a new era of Nordic art dominated by the timeless charm of the Mediterranean world.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Denmark ; Italy ; Scandinavia -- 1800-1900 -- Sculpture --

Artist(s): Canova, Antonio; Thorvaldsen, Bertel

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