Thursday, November 24, 2011

amore e psiche canova

Starting at a very young age the study of perspective, architecture, figurative and portrait painting, and collecting by Carlo Filippo Aldrovandi, he continued his studies at the school of nudes of the Accademia Clementina of Bologna. His formation and first works overlapped with the arrival of the Napoleonic troops in the city; thanks to the request of his mentor, who was a member of the Senate and representative of the Bolognese provisional government, Palagi desgigned uniforms, medals, and emblems with the symbols of Liberté, égalité, fraternité to be used in letters and cards for the Directory. Later, the new emerging bourgeoisie entrusted him with the creation of the monumental sepulchres of Edoardo Pepoli (1801), Girolamo Bolognini Amorini (1803), and Luigi Sampieri (1804) at the Certosa di Bologna. He also decorated the residence interiors of the Cospi, Aldini, and Gozzadini families in 1805.

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He moved to Rome in 1806 to complete his studies at the Accademia di San Luca, where he may have been Vincenzo Camuccini's student. This is not confirmed by all the writings of the time, but the Roman painter's storicism had undoubtedly an influence on Palagi's style. This influence is present in the Bolognese painter's portraits, in which he demonstrates a careful analysis of the models' features, as well as in his historical paintings and landscapes, which lead Palagi to conduct accurate research on ancient history and the study of nature. Examples of this elaboration and research are Ritratto di Giuseppe Guizzardi in veste d'antico (1807), Matrimonio di Amore e Psiche (1808), Mario a Minturno (1809-1810), Ila e le ninfe (1810-1811), and most importantly the major works at the Gabinetto Topografico in the Palazzo del Quirinale (1811-1813) and the Galleria di Teseo in the Palazzo Torlonia (1813-1815). From 1813 Palagi was inspector of the Accademia Italiana and was in charge of following the activities of the young artists who were pensionists of the Accademia del Regno d'Italia in Rome. Together with Antonio Canova, president of the Accademia, the artist was able to gather the most reppresentative young artists of the Italian Neoclassicism, from Felice Giani to Gaspare Landi, besides the abovementioned Camuccini. The experience in Rome helped Palagi to deepen his interest in archaeology and collecting, already developed during his youth in Bologna.

Antonio Canova - Amore e

In 1815, after a brief stay in Bologna, the artist moved to Milan, where he opened a private school in open competition with the Accademia di Brera, which never granted him a teaching position. In the Lombard capital the private clientele, wider and more stimulating than the one in Rome, lead with to dedicate himself to portrait painting, especially of Giuseppe Bossi and Andrea Appiani; the public commissions asserted him as the portrayer of the protagonists of the Restoration. Some works that straddle between the 1810s and 1820s are Ritratto del conte colonnello Francesco Arese Lucini nello studio, Ritratto del conte Luigi Archinto, Ritratto di Francesco I d'Austria (all of them made in 1817), Ritratto del maggiore Pietro Lattuada (1822), Ritratto di Cristina Archinto Trivulzio (1824) and Ritratto della ballerina Carlotta Chabert come Diana (1828-1830).

Antonio Canova - Amore e

Amore e Psiche (Canova) -

(who envied her beauty).

Antonio Canova, Amore e Psiche


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