Antonio Canova (1757-1822) is considered the greatest Neoclassical sculptor. He is credited with helping to usher in a new aesthetic of clear, regularized form and calm repose inspired by classical antiquities. He was renowned for his carving abilities and the refinement of his marble surfaces, which seem as supple as real flesh.
This lecture will explore his life and prolific career, looking at significant commissions and his extraordinary working methods as reflected in surviving clay models created by the master’s hands and small tools.
Dr. C. D. Dickerson III is senior curator of European and American art at the National Gallery of Art, where he has been responsible for key acquisitions and exhibitions, including the 2023 exhibition focused on the brilliantly expressive terracotta models of the sculptor Antonio Canova.