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Lifesize verdigris Bronze Sculpture The Three Graces after Canova 20th C

Lifesize Verdigris Bronze Sculpture of the Three Graces after Canova | Ref. no. 08314 Sold

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Very attractive life size verdigris Bronze Sculpture depicting “The Three Graces” and believed to be after the Italian artist Antonio Canova, dating from the 20th Century.

This bronze sculpture was beautifully hot cast in solid bronze and has a very attractive Verdigris patination.

Canova was born in 1757 and died in 1822. The original Three Graces was commissioned from Canova by John Russel, the sixth Duke of Bedford, who is known to have visited the sculptor in his studio in Rome sometime during 1814. The Duke of Bedford is said to have been attracted to the group of Three Graces which Canova had made for the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, who had died in May of that year.

The composition of the piece is derived from the Graces, which were taken from antiquity and are typically where the outer figures are turned outwards towards the viewer with the central figure embracing her friends with her back facing the viewer. The effect is one where the three female figures become one in their embrace, united by their linked hands and also by a beautiful scarf which joins them together. The delightful and elegant unity of the Graces is one of the piece's main themes.

The original Antonio Canova statue of The Three Graces is in fact a Neoclassical sculpture that was originally crafted in marble, depicting the mythological three charities - daughters of Zeus – which have been identified on some engravings that have been made of the statue as, (left to right), Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia - who represent youth & beauty (Thalia), mirth (Euphrosyne), and elegance (Aglaea). The three graces have served as subjects for many famous artists including Sandro Botticelli and Bertel Thorvaldsen.

A version of the original sculpture is on display in the Hermitage Museum whereas another is owned jointly and by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Galleries of Scotland who exhibit it in turns.


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Dimensions in cm:

Height 163 x Width 107 x Depth 67

Dimensions in inches:

Height 5 feet, 4 inches x Width 3 feet, 6 inches x Depth 2 feet, 2 inches

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


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Our reference: 08314