Nobility, simplicity, grandeurOne of the most important exhibitions of recent times organised by the Canova Foundation in the splendid house and museum of the artist: over a hundred works, providing a reinterpretation of the cult of figuration originated by the Treviso- born sculptor who found everlasting fame at Rome and furnishing us with a psychological profile of the master. Set in the beautiful garden of the house, the exhibition allows the visitor to delve deeper into an appreciation of the man and his immortal work: portraits on canvas as well as sculpture, engravings, medallions and other works illustrate, as the title of the exhibition has it, the nobility, simplicity and grandeur which made Canovas genius. Seven self-portraits show him at work with brush and chisel. Of particular interest are the engraved portraits gathered from major European museums, witnesses to the frenzied adoration of the master of Neoclassicalism.
One curiosity (though not for the faint-hearted!): the exhibition also lives up to its title literally as the Hand and face of Canova: on loan from the Accademia of Venice is the artists right arm, removed immediately after his death and preserved as a relic in a granite urn.
In addition to the focus on the psychology of the artist, the exhibition also provides a highly interesting analysis of how the myth of Canova arose and grew to such proportions.