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Creator Name: Canova, Antonio
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1757 - 1822
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Antonio Canova
Title: Terpsichore
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1816
Creation End Date: 1816
Creation Date: 1816
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: Overall: 177.5cm x 78.1cm x 61cm
Inscriptions: inscribed on front of column: "Terpsichore Lyran" [Terpsichore as the Muse of lyric poetry]; inscribed at base of column: "Canova Fact: 1816"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1968.212
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: In Greek mythology Terpsichore was one of the nine Muses, or goddesses of creative inspiration. The lyre signifies her influence in the realms of song and lyric poetry. Canova's Terpsichore probably began as a portrait of Madame Lucien Bonaparte, one of Napoleon's sisters-in-law, who lived in Rome. The commission was abandoned, but Canova continued work on the sculpture because it offered the challenge of creating a fully draped figure--in both imitation of and competition with ancient Greek and Romansculpture.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1968.212
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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