Bodies in Motion: Antonio Canova's Sculptural Modernity
Talk | Society of Antiquaries
Monday 5 November 2012 - 14:25
After a period of neglect, Antonio Canova (1757–1822) has regained his reputation as one of the great artists of his period. In recent years, several of his works have been acquired with the help of Art Fund members. Satish Padiyar, Canova expert and lecturer in 19th-century European art at the Courtauld Institute, will guide us through two elements of this renewed interest. First, we will discover how Canova himself responded to the contemporary novelty of museum display and ask how today’s curators can present Canova’s sculpture in a manner that reflects the artist’s ambitions. Secondly, Dr Padiyar will examine Canova’s preoccupation with the theme of movement, addressing the relationship between marble as an inert material and the artistic theme of bodies in motion.