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Canova's George Washington
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Xavier Salomon Guido Beltramini
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Canova's George Washington

Xavier Salomon Guido Beltramini Mario Guderzo


D Giles Ltd

Art & design styles: Romanticism;
Individual artists, art monographs;
History of the Americas


172 pages

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This fascinating book tells the story of a little-known masterpiece by the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822)-the statue of George Washington for the North Carolina State House, delivered in 1821 and destroyed by fire ten years later. It brings together for the first time Canova's full-sized preparatory plaster model, sketches, engravings, drawings, and a selection of Thomas Jefferson's letters about the commission. This is a major addition to the current body of published knowledge on the work of Antonio Canova, as well as on the classical revivalist sculpture of the early nineteenth century on both sides of the Atlantic.

By:   Xavier Salomon
Contributions by:   Guido Beltramini, Mario Guderzo
Imprint:   D Giles Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 248mm, 
ISBN:   9781911282174
ISBN 10:   1911282174
Pages:   172
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Director's Foreword; Preface and Acknowledgments; The Boast and Pride of North America -Antonio Canova's George Washington by Xavier F. Salomon; The Classical Conception of Antonio Canova by Mario Guderzo; Jefferson, Italy, and Palladio by Guido Beltramini; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; Photography Credits

Xavier F. Salomon is Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection, New York. Guido Beltramini is the director of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza Mario Guderzo is the director of the Antonio Canova Museum, Possagno.

A two-century-old statue of the nation's father, in the buff, is coming to the United States for the first time. And, no, he didn't pose for it. --James Barron, The New York Times, April 23, 2017 Italian Art Rarities Will Make American Debut at the Frick --Joshua Barone, The New York Times, April 7, 2017

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