carved and painted wood
|St. Joseph Carrying the Christ Child|
The Getty Museum collections of Italian art – moving farther into the 18th century. Surfaces are newly prominent – patterning prevails over storytelling.
Triumph of the Marine Venus
gouache on leather
Death of Messalina
Perseus with the Head of Medusa
Apollo Crowning Himself
Herm of a Vestal Virgin
Apollo was carved when Canova was 24 years old. It was created in Rome, but traveled at an early date to France. The Getty acquired Apollo Crowning Himself in the early 1990s.
Vestal Virgin was completed when Canova was 63 years old. It was created in Naples and remained there until 1937, subsequently traveling to Switzerland. The Getty acquired Herm of a Vestal Virgin in 1985.