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Antonio Canova
'The Three Graces' Oversize V&A Portfolio Limited Edition print

circa 1817 (printed 2021)

$1,595

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Detail of The Three Graces, Antonio Canova (1757-1822), National Collection of Sculpture, Victoria and Albert Museum © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Beautiful Extra Large 40 x 30 inches / 101 x 76 cm's Oversize silver gelatin fibre print (printed on 40x30" paper size) Unframed. Limited edition to 100. From the Galerie Prints V&A PORTFOLIO. A stunning visual archive of over 200 images selected from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. Certificate of authenticity provided. Object Type This marble figure group was made for the Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, and was originally housed in a specially designed Temple of the Graces. It was commissioned from Antonio Canova (1757-1822) by John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford, who visited the sculptor in his studio in Rome in 1814, and was captivated by the group of the Three Graces which Canova had carved for the Empress Josephine, the estranged wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She had died in May of that year, and the Duke offered to buy the group from Canova, but Josephine's son claimed it, and that version is now in the Hermitage, St Petersburg. The Duke commissioned a second version from Canova; this was begun in 1814, finished in 1817, and installed at Woburn in 1819. It cost 6,000 zechinni, equivalent to £3000. Canova came over to England to supervise the installation. In the Temple it was displayed on a pedestal adapted from an earlier marble plinth, with a rotating top. Subject Depicted The Three Graces, celebrated in classical literature and art, were the daughters of Jupiter (or Zeus in Greek mythology), and companions to the Muses. Thalia (youth and beauty) is accompanied by Euphrosyne (mirth), and Aglaia (elegance). Canova had first depicted the Graces in a painting of 1799, and other drawings and a relief of the subject are also known to have been executed by him at around the same time. In 1810 he modelled a terracotta sketch (Musée de Lyon, France), and in 1812 the Empress Josephine ordered a full-size marble. Materials & Making Canova's marble group is based ultimately on his earlier drawings of the subject, and a closely comparable terracotta sketch model (see above). The immediate model for the marble used in the studio was the full-size plaster group, which still exists in the Canova Museum at Possagno, Italy. This has points on it which were used to transfer the composition from the plaster to the marble. Canova was responsible for the original design of the group, but his assistants would roughly block out the marble. The sculptor himself completed the final carving, and ensured the surface of the stone was finished in such a way as to suggest the soft flesh of the figures and the harmonious relationships between the three heads, for example. The slightly earlier version, now in St Petersburg and similarly supervised by the sculptor though differing in some details, exhibits a high quality of carving. Copies were made in marble during the 19th century after the sculptor's death; these however do not exhibit the same sensitive handling of the marble.

Details

  • Creator
    Antonio Canova (1757 - 1822, Italian)
  • Creation Year
    circa 1817 (printed 2021)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
    1810-1819
  • Condition
    Beautiful extra large 30x30 inch Oversize silver gelatin fibre print GALERIE PRINTS limited edition to 100. From the Galerie Prints V&A Portfolio.
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU38132909621

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