Past Exhibition

Studies for the Equestrian Monument to Charles III of Naples and for George Washington

graphite sketches of man on horse and man seated

Antonio Canova (1757–1822)
Studies for the Equestrian Monument to Charles III of Naples and for George Washington, 1817
Graphite on paper
7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (192 x 132 mm)
Museo Civico, Bassano del Grappa
Su gentile concessione MBA Musei Biblioteca Archivio di Bassano del Grappa

 

While at work on the George Washington, Canova was also thinking about a bronze equestrian monument of King Charles III for Naples. This sheet shows drawings for both commissions. The Washington is shown with two variants of his outstretched arms.