Antonio Canova

[Antonio Canova] Sculptor, born Possagno, Italy, 1757; died Venice, Italy, 1822. A student in Venice and Rome, the latter city inspired his efforts to revive classic art after the decadent period of Bernini. Of his statuary three well-known examples are the "Theseus" of the Vatican, the "Perseus" of the Belvedere, and the "Cupid and Psyche" of the Louvre. He designed the colossal tomb of Clement XIII in Saint Peter's, and that of Clement XIV in the church of the Santi Apostoli. A later work was the elaborate tomb of the Archduchess Maria Christina, in the Augustinian church in Vienna. His portrait busts included those of Pius VII and Napoleon.

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