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Detail of Antonio Canova, Adam and Eve Mourning the Dead Abel, c. 1818–1822, terracotta, Museo Gypsotheca Antonio Canova, Possagno, Photographed by Luigi Spina

Canova: Sketching in Clay

Focus: Exhibitions

  • Sunday, June 11, 2023
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Talks
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Join us for an introductory presentation on Canova: Sketching in Clay by exhibition curator and senior curator of European and American art, C. D. Dickerson III. A signing of the exhibition catalog will follow in the East Building Concourse Shop.

About Canova: Sketching in Clay 

Working with his hands and small tools, Antonio Canova (1757–1822) produced dazzling sketch models in clay, which helped him plan his designs for his large statues in marble. More than 30 of his 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.