Antonio Canova (1757–1822)
Bozzetto for George Washington, 1817
31 1/2 x 18 1/8 x 26 3/4 in. (80 x 46 x 68 cm)
Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova, Possagno
Fondazione Canova onlus, Possagno; photo Fabio Zonta
It was common practice for sculptors to produce anatomical sketches of nude figures, even if they were meant to be shown clothed in the final sculpture. To study various parts of the body, Canova had a model pose in the studio, seated on a cushion on a stool. He was particularly interested in the position of the legs and the relationship of the outstretched arms to the head.