SHOW: "ANTONIO CANOVA"
WHERE: MUSEO CORRER, VENICE
WHAT: MARBLE CARVINGS, MODELS AND DRAWINGS
THE BOTTOM LINE: Long out of fashion and hard to love, Canova was nevertheless a spectacularly gifted sculptor.
"Bulls and greeks and lots of nekkid broads," wrote the Pop artist Claes Oldenburg, reflecting on the nature of classical sculpture. And who sums that up better than Antonio Canova (1757-1822)? Canova is not to modern taste, and probably never will be. When alive, he was the epitome of the neoclassical style, the most admired marble carver in Europe; connoisseurs shed tears of delight before his work. His Head of...