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Title :

Ecclesiastical politics and papal tombs : Antonio Canova's monuments to Clement XIV and Clement XIII

Author :
JOHNS, Christopher M. S. ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
A careful examination of Canova's early Roman career and the specific circumstances of the Clement XIV Ganganelli tomb commission (Roma, SS. Apostoli), indicate that extreme caution must be used in reading the historical intersection of Canova's style and the tomb as a straightforward conjunction of art and politics. A consideration of the Clement XIV monument's immediate heir, the tomb of Pope Clement XIII Rezzonico (Roma, Vaticano, S. Pietro), does much to particularise the aesthetic and political interpretation of the earlier tomb. The radical, neo-classical style of the tombs cannot be engaged in terms of politics relating to the suppression of the Jesuits. The politics of the tombs are aesthetic and directly challenge the traditions of funerary sculpture received from the past. Canova's acceptance of the commission for the monument to Clement XIV reveals an artistic ambition natural in a young sculptor. ;
Pagination/Size :
12 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Canova, Antonio, 1757-1822 ; Clément XIII, pape, 1693-1769 ; Clément XIV, pape, 1705-1774 ; Italie ; Monument funéraire ; Néoclassicisme ; Papes ; Roma (ITA), SS. Apostoli ; Roma (ITA), Vaticano, S. Pietro ; Société de Jésus ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Canova, Antonio, 1757-1822 ; Clement XIII, pope, 1693-1769 ; Clement XIV, pope, 1705-1774 ; Italy ; Neo-classicism ; Popes ; Roma (ITA), SS. Apostoli ; Roma (ITA), Vaticano, S. Pietro ; Sepulchral monuments ; Society of Jesus ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Sculpture journal, 1998, 2
INIST identifier :
24993791 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1366-2724 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;