From the #HistoryOfUs series: Canova's "Dancer", 1809/1812
Sometimes you just have to dance and let it all go – no matter where you are and what else is going on.
No past, no future, just now ...
... just the music.
Antonio Canova (1757–1822) loved dance; he was fascinated by the movement of the human body. His "Travel Diaries" describe constant visits to the ballet and local festivals.
Canova was one of the greatest sculptors ever and whenever he captured the essence of dance in marble, he created something downright transcendent.
Just look at this Dancer with Cymbals. She seems almost weightless ...
... her thin, diaphanous dress fluttering as she moves.
The statue rests on a pedestal that could be rotated. Canova loved displaying his works by candlelight ...
... and you can imagine the flicker of light on marble and the shifting of the shadows as she spun.
In Canova's "Dancer" marble comes to life.
Female Dancer by Antonio CanovaBode-Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz