From 25 October 2019 to 15 March 2020 the Galleria d’Arte Moderna presents the exhibition “Canova. The ideal faces", a precious journey that for the first time reconstructs the genesis and evolution of the famous "ideal heads" by Antonio Canova, the successful strand of his artistic production achieved at the height of his career.
The exhibition is divided into 5 sections, with 39 total works, of which 24 by Canova. Among these are masterpieces such as the marble herm of the Vestal, the fulcrum of the exhibition, and 5 sculptures never exhibited in Italy before, including Corinna's herm and the Muse of 1817. The works on display come from the major national and international museums, as well as private collections.
The faces sculpted by Canova represent ideal characters in which the sculptor investigates the infinite variations of female beauty, based on the perfect balance between the idealization deriving from classical sculpture and the study of nature. The exhibition presents the different versions of the same subject by Canova, but comparisons with works ranging from antiquity to the present day are also proposed.
The exhibition aims to highlight the position of absolute importance that Canova has played in Western art, highlighting not only the complexity and vastness of its models but also the influence he had on modern art.