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Canova’s George Washington

Published by GILES in association with The Frick Collection, New York

Release — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 172 pages, 279 x 248 mm (9 ¾ x 11 in)

Illustrations — 75 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£35.00 / US$45.00

ISBN — 978-1-911282-17-4

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About the Book

This fascinating book tells the story of a little-known masterpiece by the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova (1757–1822)—the statue of George Washington for the North Carolina State House, delivered in 1821 and destroyed by fire ten years later.  It brings together, for the first time, Canova’s full-sized preparatory plaster model,  sketches, engravings, drawings, and a selection of letters about the commission, some of them to or from Thomas Jefferson.

This is a major addition to the current body of published knowledge on the work of Antonio Canova, as well as on the classical revivalist sculpture of the early nineteenth century on both sides of the Atlantic.

About the Author(s)

Xavier F. Salomon is Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection, New York. Guido Beltramini is the director of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza Mario Guderzo is the director of the Antonio Canova Museum, Possagno.