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Head of a Dancer

and workshop Antonio Canova, Italian, (1757–1822)

Creation date: 1820
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Marble Sculpture
Medium and Support: Marble
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam and commemorating the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Fine Arts Society
Accession Number: 1950.118
Dimensions: 20 1/2 in. x 9 1/4 in. x 9 in. (52.07 cm x 23.5 cm x 22.86 cm)


Carlo Foresti, Capri, Naples, taly ( - )

Jacob M. Heimann, New York, New York ( - )

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Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, 1977.
A prominent sculptor at the height of his popularity at the beginning of the 19C, Canova was summoned by Princess Borghese, the sister of Napoleon, to portray her as the victorious and beautiful Venus. He had been trained in Venice and in Rome and knew well these antique inspirations for the neo-classicism of his time. His most famous work is a sensous yet classically aloof reclining figure of the Princess upon a couch, whose face and hair much resemble our work. The prisitine purity of the white marble heightens the effect of the beauty of the "Grecian" goddess.
Last Updated: 12/28/2020


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego , 1/1/1977 - 4/1/1977


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julie Dunn, ed. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 144, Figure Number: 144

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 113

and Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Sensualidad y belleza Antonio Canova & Mimmo Jodice Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Ciudad de Mexico, 2016
Page Number: 91

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