CANOVA. ETERNAL BEAUTY
October, 9 2019 until March, 15 2020
Museo di Roma – Piazza San Pantaleo, 10 e Piazza Navona, 2
Tel. 06 0608 | www.museodiroma.it
The Museum of Rome in Palazzo Braschi celebrates, with an exhibition-event, the deep bond between the city of Rome and Antonio Canova, the greatest exponent of Neoclassicism.
In Rome, where he arrived in 1779, Canova passionately studied antooquities and came in touch with artists, restorers and intellectuals looking for the sources of classical culture. His Roman atelier in Via delle Colonnette, in the Campo Marzio district, was a crucible of collaborators and guests: here were born timeless masterpieces, blending the universal and timeless message of antiquity with modern sensibility.
Divided into 13 sections, the exhibition brings together over 170 works by Canova and contemporary artists, illustrating late 18th century Rome’milieu. In a spectacular play of lights and shadows, a scenographic and immersive path evokes the torch-lit atmosphere of the artist’s studio, with its elegance and the almost mythical polished marble statues.
An engaging and evocative story, whose plot is defined by precious loans from important Italian and international museums: St. Petersburg’s Hermitage, Rome’s Vatican Museums and Capitoline Museums, Possagno’s Gypsotheca and Antonio Canova Museum, Venice’s Museo Correr, Bassano del Grappa’s Civic Museum, Naples’ National Archaeological Museum, Toulouse’s Musée des Augustins, just to name a few.
The exhibition, promoted and produced by Roma Capitale, Department of Cultural Growth – Capitoline Superintendence for Cultural Heritage and Arthemisia, organized with Zètema Progetto Cultura and curated by Giuseppe Pavanello, is realized in collaboration with the National Academy of San Luca and with Gypsotheca and Antonio Canova Museum of Possagno.