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‘Omaggio ad Antonio Canova’ conference
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‘Omaggio ad Antonio Canova’ conference

Categories: Culture and creativity -Visual Arts
An afternoon full of talks on the great artist, on the bicentenary of his death.
Ala Lazzari Museo Gypsotheca Antonio Canova di Possagno
Ala Lazzari

The Italian Cultural Institute of Prague, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Prague, whose permanent collection includes works by Antonio Canova, and the Antonio Canova Gypsotheca Museum in Possagno, are paying tribute to the great Venetian artist with a conference dedicated to his genius timeless.

The event will be held on February 16 in the Baroque Chapel of the Cultural Institute.


Moira Mascotto, director of Fondazione Canova Onlus and the Antonio Canova Gypsotheca Museum in Possagno: Antonio Canova and the Possagno Museum on the 200th anniversary of the sculptor’s death.

After sketching out the salient points of Antonio Canova’s biography, the collections held in the Museum of Possagno will be described. Possagno is the town where the artist was born and where his remains are now laid.

Petr Šámal, curator of the  Graphic and Drawing Collection of the National Gallery in Prague: Antonio Canova’s legacy in Central Europe.

The paper will analyze how and to what extent the work of the founder of neoclassical sculpture is reflected in the artistic culture of Central Europe around 1800 and beyond, examining the channels of communication through which Canova’s work may have spread.

Susanna Z. Wagner, curator of the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery in Prague: Antonio Canova and the Contemporary.

This paper will concentrate on the legacy of Antonio Canova in contemporary art. It will focus on the comparison between Canova’s imitation of Greek sculpture and the appropriation of the classical canon in contemporary idioms.

In Italian and Czech, with simultaneous translation.

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