Exhibition “Antonio Canova. Marquis of Ischia di Castro.”

Museo Civico Archeologico "Pietro e Turiddo Lotti" | Comune di Ischia di Castro (VT) - Assessorato alla Cultura

The Museo Civico Archeologico “Pietro and Turiddo Lotti” in Ischia di Castro is hosting the photographic exhibition “Antonio Canova. Marquis of Ischia di Castro” organized in collaboration with the Antonio Canova Gypsotheca Museum, Simulabo – Sistema Museale del Lago di Bolsena, the Municipality of Ischia di Castro and the Lazio Region.

Click on the previews below and watch the videos presenting the exhibition, made by the Gypsotheca Antonio Canova Museum in Possagno

Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova (Possagno, November 1, 1757-Venice, October 13, 1822) was the greatest exponent of Neoclassicism in Italy.
A sculptor and painter, he practiced his art in Venice, Rome and Naples; his patrons included members of the Venetian, Roman and Russian nobility, the Habsburgs, the Bourbons, the papal court and Napoleon Bonaparte.

His works, influenced by classical art and Winkelmann’s thinking, display a refined balance between ideal and natural beauty.
Initially sketched in clay, the sculptures were then made in plaster; only later was the final work created in marble. The preparatory plaster casts are currently on display at the Museo Gypsotheca Antonio Canova in Possagno.

Canova and Ischia di Castro

What is the common thread linking Canova to Ischia di Castro?
Antonio Canova was awarded the title of “Marquis of Ischia di Castro” by Pope Pius VII in 1816, as thanks for recovering Italian works of art stolen earlier in France by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The photo exhibition

The photo exhibition includes some shots of the plaster casts, taken by photographer Lino Zanesco, and reproductions of some of the artist’s engravings, to discover the art of Antonio Canova by visiting the “Lotti” Museum.

It will be permanently available at the halls of the “Lotti” Archaeological Museum in Ischia di Castro.

See pictures of the permanent exhibition