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Gypsotheca Antonio Canova: A Journey into Art and History

Located in Possagno, the Gypsotheca Antonio Canova is easily reachable in about an hour and a half drive from Relais Corte Guastalla, thanks to the convenient Pedemontana highway. This strategic location makes it ideal for a day trip dedicated to art and culture.

Antonio Canova: A Master of Neoclassicism

Antonio Canova (1757-1822) is one of the greatest neoclassical sculptors, known for his extraordinary skill in marble carving. Born in Possagno, Canova gained international fame for his works that exalt ideal beauty and classical harmony. Among his most famous creations are:

  • “Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss”: A masterpiece representing the eternal love between two mythological figures.
  • “The Three Graces”: A sculpture expressing grace and lightness through three female figures.
  • “Venus Italica”: A work that captures the beauty and sensuality of the goddess Venus.

In addition to his artistic talent, Canova was also a skilled diplomat. During the Napoleonic period, he successfully negotiated the return of numerous stolen artworks to Italy, demonstrating great love for his country’s cultural heritage.

The Gypsotheca: A Treasure of Plaster Casts

The Gypsotheca of Canova is a unique museum, primarily dedicated to the plaster models used by the sculptor as prototypes for his marble works. These plaster casts offer a fascinating glimpse into Canova’s creative process and allow visitors to closely appreciate the precision and mastery of the artist.

The Intervention of Carlo Scarpa

One of the most fascinating sections of the Gypsotheca was designed by Carlo Scarpa, one of the most influential Italian architects of the 20th century. Scarpa skillfully integrated modern elements with the existing architecture, creating exhibition spaces that enhance Canova’s works. His innovative use of natural and artificial light highlights the details of the sculptures, creating a suggestive and contemplative atmosphere.

Recommended Guided Tour

To fully appreciate the richness of the Gypsotheca, it is highly recommended to participate in a guided tour. Expert guides provide valuable insights into Canova’s works, the history of the museum, and Carlo Scarpa’s contributions, enriching visitors’ experiences with anecdotes and curiosities.

Fondazione Canova Onlus Via Canova 74
31054 Possagno (Treviso)
+39 0423 544 323

Via Guastalla Vecchia, 11
37060 Sona (VR)
Tel: +39 045 6095614