After a long process of restructuring and insertion of added materials in this study first published in 1980, Ottorino Stefani presents the interpretation of the complete statuary work of Canova.
[Antonio Canova. The statuary] Nearly twenty years have passed since the first edition of this study published in 1980 and praised by Argan as “the best critical monograph on the artist”. After a long process of restructuring and insertion of added materials, Ottorino Stefani presents, in the eight finely illustrated chapters of this volume, the interpretation of the complete statuary work of Canova, from his youthful masterpiece Dedalus and Icarus, still partially linked to his Venetian training, to the works generated in contact with the lively cultural atmosphere of Rome.
From the Theseus and the Minotaur to the Burial Monument of Clement XIV, from the penetrating portraits of great realism to the unforgettable sculptures on mythological themes, like Cupid and Psyche, Venus and Adonis, and the Three Graces, Canova always achieves extreme formal refinement, while paying tribute to the classical ideals of harmony, grace and beauty, confirming his place among the greatest exponents of European neoclassicism.