Art will never die! So avows the resting place of Canova’s heart, built by his students and erected in 1827. The pyramid shape (likely Masonic) and its half-open door were originally designed by Canova – not for himself, but for Titian.
To the right, the weeping figures of Sculpture, Painting and Architecture are trailed by three genii with torches aflame. To the left, a winged Lion (Venice) sleeps beside the genius of Antonio Canova (1757–1822) – earthly torch now extinguished.
This October the @veniceinperil.fund completed a two-year restoration of the cenotaph. Damp and saltwater had risen up into the marble causing staining and shifting of the facade.
Final pic: Alinari, Venezia – Chiesa de’ Frari Monumento a Canova, private collection.
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