Antonio Canova ( Italian, 1757 - 1822 )

About 1813
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The most accomplished and celebrated sculptor of the Neoclassical era, Antonio Canova drew inspiration for his works from surviving sculptures of classical antiquity, particularly from the Roman Empire. In Canova's monumental marble statue of Napoleon at Apsley House (Wellington Museum, London), the emperor holds an orb surmounted by the gilt bronze figure of winged Victory. This statue and others were cast independently from the same mold as that one.

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DMA Label copy, 1993.

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