Canova Sketching in Clay

ISBN: 9780300269758
Artist(s): Canova
Author(s): C. D. Dickerson, Emerson Bowyer, Anthony Sigel, Elyse Nelson
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 6 May 2023
Publisher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 280
Illustrations: 190 in colour


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The first book-length examination of the clay models and creative process of the preeminent neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova

The most celebrated sculptor of the neoclassical age, Antonio Canova (1757–1822) established himself as the preeminent artist of his time with his funerary monuments and meticulously carved marbles on classical themes. Although his idealized and sensual sculptures are widely known, this is the first book devoted entirely to the brilliantly expressive clay models that he made in preparation for his marble sculptures. Only sixty-five of his terracotta models survive today. Extraordinarily modern in their boldness, the models retain the touch of the artist’s hand and yield a revelatory glimpse into Canova’s imaginative and technical process.

The authors, with expertise in art history and conservation, examine Canova’s techniques for making terracotta models, including how he used clay to develop full-scale models that his assistants copied in marble, and his practice of gifting his models to friends.

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