Antonio Canova

Dancer

1818-1822
In 1812, when Canova sent his first Dancer to Empress Josephine, it created a sensation. One critic wrote: “the charm of life and the illusion of movement in this, the simplest of compositions, drew all of Paris … I doubt that theatre’s most celebrated dancer has ever gathered such a crowd of admirers and received such applause.” Canova often carved multiple versions of his creations both to improve with each repetition and to meet the insatiable demand for his iconic works. This is a second version made for Sir Simon Clarke, an English collector. Please do not touch
Title
Dancer
Date
1818-1822
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
marble
Dimensions
172.7 cm high
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1968
Accession number
15443