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Dancer, c. 1818-1822

Antonio Canova
Italian, 1757 - 1822
marble
172.7 cm high
Purchased 1968
National Gallery of Canada (no. 15443)

The "Dancer" is the second version of a statue first commissioned by the Empress Josephine, whose husband was a great admirer of Canova's work. The original version, now in the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1812. True to the Neo-classical style, of which Canova was one of the greatest exponents, the figure is inspired by the Antique but radiates a sense of the contemporary in its pose and human presence. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH

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