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.
Over de auteur:
Xavier F. Salomon was born in Rome, and educated in London. He is an art historian and museum curator. He has worked as a curator in London (National Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery) and New York (The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection).
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