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

Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte

Marble, height 145 cm
Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth

Canova made many clay and terracotta sketches of Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte in 1804 during the Roman sojourn of Napoleon's mother, which were followed by the marble version successfully exhibited at the Salon of 1808 in Paris and was later presented by Napoleon's mother to her imperial son. Marble replicas were then made at Carrara, where the marble industry was revived by Napoleon's sister, Elisa.

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