Downloadable directly from the Apple AppStore, the application tells the story of the artist's life, describes the places where he worked, and presents his most important works displayed in landscape mode, in the picturesque setting of the Possagno museum, with the ability to access more detailed information on each work.
The Canova Museum in Possagno thus becomes the first museum in the Veneto region to develop a dedicated i-Phone App, fully functional and ready to use on the new i-Pad platform.
Possagno is the birthplace of the great neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822). The museum and gypsotheque, opened in 1836, houses original plaster casts of most of his great sculptures, along with terracotta models, drawings and paintings.
|Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait of Antonio Canova|
Museo Canova, Possagno
In 1768, Canova began working in the Torretti workshop in Pagnano d'Asolo, not far from Possagno: this environment was for little Antonio (whom everyone called "Tonin") a real school of art. The Torretti introduced him to the Venetian world, full of cultural and artistic ferment. In Venice, Canova frequented the classes at the Accademia on drawing from the nude, drawing inspiration from the collection of plaster casts in the gallery of Filippo Farsetti. After leaving the Torretti studio, he started his own workshop, and created the first works that made him famous in Venice and the Veneto: Orpheus and Euridice (1776), and Daedalus and Icarus (1779).
Unofficial video of the Gypsotheque in Passagno (slightly fixated on male posteriors):
|Hercules and Lichas|
While there he met Domenica Volpato, daughter of the engraver Giovanni, with whom he had a troubled relationship. His reputation was growing in Italy and abroad; he received new and challenging commissions from all over Europe. Soon his art, modelled on the techniques of the ancient Greeks, from drawing to clay, from plaster to marble, developed into a formidable body of work, growing ever closer to the themes of classical mythology. "I work all day like a beast," he wrote to his friend Cesarotti, "but it is also true that I spend most of the day listening to volumes on Homer being read to me."
|Orpheus and Eurydice|
Museo Correr, Venice
In July 1819, Canova was in Possagno to lay the foundation stone of the temple that he wanted to construct and donate to his community as a parish church: this majestic building would only be completed ten years after his death on October 13, 1822, in the house of his friend Francesconi in Venice. His body, at the behest of his half-brother, was first buried in the old parish church, and in 1832 transferred to the Temple.
Report by ArsLife on the 2009 Canova exhibition in Forli: Canova - The Classical Ideal in Sculpture and Painting:
Today in Possagno, visitors to the places known to Antonio Canova, the dining room, the garden, the arcade, the great pine tree he planted himself, the scuderia, the kitchen, the 'little tower" ... can still hear the locals speak of him, of his "holidays" devoted to painting, of the simple and rustic feasts his devoted countrymen held for him when he returned from Rome or Paris or Vienna, and immersed himself in the peace of his own countryside and his home.
Canova Museum, Passagno official website
Gallery of works in the Canova Museum in Passagno
|Paolina Borghese as Venus Vinctrix|
Galleria Borghese, Rome
|Cupid and Psyche|
Musée du Louvre, Paris
|Perseus with the Head of the Medusa|
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
|Daedalus and Icarus|
Museo Correr, Venice
|Theseus and the Minotaur|
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
|Tomb of Pope Clement XIII|
Basilica of St Peter, Rome