In all likelihood, Canova executed the two plaster reliefs Feed the Hungry and Teach the Ignorant for Abbondio Rezzonico, who hung them in an area set aside for a school he created to educate children from the lower-classes. Great emphasis is given in the bas-relief to the figure of the woman who is offering bread to a little girl, while holding her son in her arms, which would appear to be a tribute to Raphael. The bas-relief was reproduced in an engraving by Antonio Banzo (engraver) and Giovanni Demin (draughtsman): copperplate etching retouched with burin; 300 x 278 mm.


  • Title: Teach the Ignorant
  • Creator: Antonio Canova
  • Creator Lifespan: 1757/1822
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Venice
  • Creator Birth Place: Possagno, Treviso
  • Date: 1795/1795
  • Physical Dimensions: w135 x h117 cm
  • Exhibition: Gallerie d'Italia, Piazza Scala, 6, Milano
  • Provenance: Cariplo Foundation, 1991
  • Type: Sculpture, bas relief, plaster
  • Rights: http://www.artgate-cariplo.it/en/disclaimer.html
  • External Link: www.artgate-cariplo.it

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