Canova: Sketching in Clay

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Canova: Sketching in Clay

Published on June 23, 2023

Working with his hands and small tools, Canova produced dazzling sketch models in clay, which helped him plan his designs for his large statues in marble. Imprinted with the fire of his imagination, these sketches were boldly executed in mere minutes. Canova also made more finished models, sensuous in their details, that he showed to patrons or used as guides for carving.

More than 30 of his some 60 or so surviving models reveal the artist’s extraordinary working process—a process that led to the creation of some of the most iconic works in the history of sculpture.

The exhibition runs from June 11- October 9, 2023 at the National Gallery of Art, 6th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington D.C.


For more information on the exhibition, click here.