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Sculptures by Antonio Canova - The Three Graces, Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker, Venus Victrix, Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss (Paperback) Loot Price: R261
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Sculptures by Antonio Canova - The Three Graces, Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker, Venus Victrix, Psyche Revived by Cupid's...

Sculptures by Antonio Canova - The Three Graces, Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker, Venus Victrix, Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss (Paperback)

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Not illustrated. Excerpt: Antonio Canovas statue The Three Graces is a Neo-Classical sculpture, in marble, of the mythological three charites, daughters of Zeus identified on some engravings of the statue as, from left to right, Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia - who were said to represent beauty, charm and joy. The Graces presided over banquets and gatherings primarily to entertain and delight the guests of the Gods. As such they have always proved to be attractive figures for historical artists, notable amongst them are Botticelli and Thorvaldsen. John Russell, the 6th Duke of Bedford, commissioned a version of the now famous work. He had previously visited Canova in his studio in Rome in 1814 and had been immensely impressed by a carving of the Graces the sculptor had made for the Empress Josephine. When the Empress died in May of the same year he immediately offered to purchase the completed piece, but was unsuccessful as Josephines son Eugne claimed it (his son Maximilian brought it to St. Petersburg, where it can now be found in the Hermitage Museum). Undeterred, the Duke commissioned another version for himself. The sculpting process began in 1814 and was completed in 1817. Finally in 1819 it was installed at the Dukes residence in Woburn Abbey. Canova even made the trip over to England to supervise its installation, choosing for it to be displayed on a pedestal adapted from a marble plinth with a rotating top. This version is now owned jointly by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Galleries of Scotland, and is alternately displayed at each. The version in the Hermitage is carved from veined marble and has a square pillar behind the left-hand figure (Euphorosyne). The Woburn Abbey version is carved from white marble and has a round ... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=1916420

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Imprint: Books + Company
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2010
First published: June 2010
Creators: Books Llc
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 1mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 22
ISBN-13: 978-1-158-30631-2
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-158-30631-8
Barcode: 9781158306312

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