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Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova (Possagno, 1757 – Venice, 1822) is one of the most famous exponents of neo-classical sculpture. Though Canova was also active as a painter, he was best known for his skills as a sculptor. The son of a stonecutter, Canova served his apprenticeship in Venice, where he produced his first sculptures. He later moved to Rome, where – aside from regular trips away – he remained for the rest of his life. Among his most famous works are Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, Teseo sul Minotauro, Adone e Venere, Ebe, The Three Graces, the funeral monument of Maria Cristina d'Austria and Venus Victrix. Places to visit: Venice, Asolo, Possagno, Fanzolo di Vedelago and Maser all preserve a priceless body of art works ranging from the Roman Age to the medieval era, the Renaissance and modernity.

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