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Canova. Eterna bellezza

Canova. Eterna bellezza

Rome vient de perdre Canova, qui a inventé un nouveau genre de beau idéal, plus rapproché de nos mœurs que de celles des Grecs

Stendhal, 1824

An exhibition-event at Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi, to celebrate the link between Rome and Antonio Canova (Possagno, 1757), one of the main exponents of Neoclassicism who made sculpture, in competition with the ancients, the most representative art of his time.

Once in Rome Canova studies the ancients and gets in touch with artists and intellectuals searching for the sources of classical culture. In Rome that he creates his most important works, an expression of a timeless beauty in which the universal message of antiquity merges with the modern sensibility. His Roman atelier, once full of Greek and Roman works, becomes a destination for pilgrims and a reference point for the artists of his time and is still today a place where to learn the basics of art from the ancient sculptures.

The relationship between the sculptor and the city, at the centre of his brilliant artistic career and an inexhaustible source of inspiration, emerges in a myriad of unique and unrepeatable aspects through the over 170 works and the prestigious loans from important museums and collections.

Framed within an installation and an exceptional scenographic effect, Canova’s artworks animate the halls of the museum. In a spectacular light and dark play it is possible to experience the context that the sculptor found in Rome in 1779.

Divided into 13 sections, the Capitoline exhibition recalls, through sophisticated lighting solutions, the warm atmosphere of torchlight with which the artist, at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, welcomed his guests in the atelier of Via delle Colonnette.
Precious loans from important museums and collections define the plot of the story: the Hermitage of St. Petersburg, the Vatican and Musei Capitolini, the Gypsotheca and Antonio Canova Museum of Possagno, the Museo Civico of Bassano del Grappa, the Museo Correr of Venice, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Naples, the Accademie di Belle Arti of Bologna and Ravenna, the l'Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, the Musée des Augustins of Toulouse, the Musei di Strada Nuova-Palazzo Tursi di Genova, up to the Museo Civico di Asolo, just to name a few.

The exhibition, promoted and produced by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita culturale - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali and Arthemisia, organized with Zètema Progetto Cultura and curated by Giuseppe Pavanello, is realized in collaboration with the l’Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and with Gypsotheca and Museo Antonio Canova of Possagno.


from 9 October 2019 to 15 March 2020
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Dal 9 ottobre 2019 al 15 marzo 2020
dal martedì alla domenica ore 10.00-19.00 la biglietteria chiude alle ore 18.00
Giorni di chiusura: lunedì, 25 dicembre, 1 gennaio
N.B. per eventuali aperture e/o chiusure straordinarie consultare la pagina dedicata agli Avvisi

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Canova. Eterna bellezza, Piazza di San Pantaleo, 10
Piazza di San Pantaleo, 10
41° 53' 49.3008" N, 12° 28' 22.2456" E
Canova. Eterna bellezza, Piazza Navona, 2
Piazza Navona, 2
41° 53' 52.0152" N, 12° 28' 23.1528" E

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