Antonio Canova, probably the most famous sculptor of the neoclassical age, in 1813 modeled two terracotta portraits of Juliette Récamier, a beautiful and wealthy Parisienne, who, however, did not like those works. The artist, deeply resentful, four years after decided to and change one of the rejected portraits into a Dante’s Beatrice. The woman’s gentle features are framed by a veil of great formal impact: Canova’s sculptures like these required to be observed only by candlelight, placed in such a way as to caress with the flickering flame the beautiful face of the effigiate, to further increase its suggestion.


  • Title: Beatrice
  • Creator: Antonio Canova
  • Date Created: XIX secolo
  • Location Created: Italia
  • Physical Dimensions: h 47 cm, l 26 cm, p 20 cm
  • Type: Scultura
  • Rights: Archivio Franco Maria Ricci
  • Medium: Marmo

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