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Aristide Fontana (fl. circa 1870-1890)
After a model by Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Italian, late 19th century
VENUS AND ADONIS
JUMP TO LOT
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Aristide Fontana (fl. circa 1870-1890)
After a model by Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Italian, late 19th century
VENUS AND ADONIS
JUMP TO LOT

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Aristide Fontana (fl. circa 1870-1890)
After a model by Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Italian, late 19th century
VENUS AND ADONIS
signed and inscribed: A. Fontana Sc: After Canova
white marble
81.5cm., 32in.
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Provenance

Private collection, Scotland

Catalogue Note

The present marble group shows Venus bidding farewell to Adonis before setting of on a hunt, which would turn out to be fatal. It is based on one of Canova's most famous models, executed between 1789-1794, and currently in the Musées d'Art et d'Histoire in Geneva. A model of very similar composition, depicting Venus and Mars, is in Buckingham Palace (inv. no. RCIN 2038), and was commissioned in 1815 during Canova's visit to London to see the Elgin Marbles. 

Aristide Fontana was active in Carrara in the second half of the 19th century, and was known for his romantic classical style, often inspired by Canova. After 1880, he exhibited in London several times, and is thought to have lived there for a time. The present group, although in most aspects directly mirroring the Canova model, shows Fontana's preference for a more clean, simplified style, especially in the carving of the hair of the figures. 

RELATED LITERATURE
A. Panzetta, Nuovo Dizionario degli Scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del Primo Novecento, Turin, 2003, pp. 197-198, fig. 382 and p. 370

19th and 20th Century Sculpture

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