Antonio Canova

individual, Antonio Canova
Life Dates:
1757 – 1822
Artist Biography:
Antonio Canova was an Italian sculptor from the Republic of Venice who became famous primarily for his marble sculptures of nude models. Considered to be "the epitome of the neoclassical style", his work returned to a more "classical refinement" after the dramatic lavishness that was popular in Baroque sculpture. He created several highly prestigious commissioned works, such as pieces for both Napoleon Bonaparte and Louis XVIII, in addition to a piece for the state of North Carolina, for which he created a statue of George Washington to be displayed in its capitol building.