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Canova Comes to Cracow
March 5, 2008 By M.H.    
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Twenty works by famous Italian sculptor Antonio Canova are on display at the Czartoryski Museum and Arsenal in Cracow.

Canova, born in Possagno in 1757, is an outstanding exponent of neoclassical art. He worked in Venice, Rome, Vienna and Paris, drawing inspiration from Hellenistic sculpture. His most important works include tombs for Popes Clement XIII and Clement XIV, mythological sculptures Eros and Psyche, Perseus with the Head of Medusa and The Three Graces, and sculptures of Prince Henryk Lubomirski as Eros, Paolina Borghese as Venus, and Napoleon as Apollo.

The exhibition is a joint project of the National Museum in Cracow, Łańcut Castle Museum, the Canova Foundation in Possagno and the Museo Gipsoteca Canoviana in Possagno. It is run in conjunction with the Italian Culture Institute in Cracow and under the auspices of the Italian Embassy in Poland.

The exhibition is centered on the marble sculpture depicting Prince Henryk Lubomirski as Eros from the collection of the Łańcut Castle Museum, but an overwhelming majority of the exhibits comes from the collection of the Museo Gipsoteca Canoviana. Among them are plaster and terracotta sculptures, paintings and prints. Most of the works are inspired by mythological subjects. The exhibition also features portraits and self-portraits.

Czartoryski Museum and Arsenal, National Museum in Cracow, 8 Pijarska St., through May 4.
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