CANOVA, Antonio
(b. 1757, Possagno, d. 1822, Venezia)

Tomb of Duchess Maria Christina of Saxony-Teschen

Carrara marble, height 574 cm
Augustinian Church, Vienna

Duchess Maria Christina was the daughter of the Empress Maria Theresia. Designed between 1790 and 1795 as a monument to Titian, the execution of the tomb was no longer possible after the occupation of Venice by the French in 1797. The reallocation of a memorial monument to a different dead person - hitherto hardly conceivable - only became feasible because it was its artistic quality which came first. It was produced before the purchaser had attributed a specific meaning to it.

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