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Reclining Naiad

Artist:
Antonio Canova (Italian, Possagno 1757–1822 Venice) , and his studio
Patron:
Commissioned by John Bligh, 4th Earl of Darnley
Date:
1819–24
Culture:
Italian, Rome
Medium:
White marble on grey marble
Dimensions:
Overall (wt. confirmed): 35 × 75 × 32 1/2 in., 2558 lb. (88.9 × 190.5 × 82.6 cm, 1160.3 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Joseph A. Neff Gift, in memory of Joseph A. Neff, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.1
Not on view
This is a variant of the Reclining Venus with Cupid, now in Buckingham Palace, which was made for Lord Cawdor in 1814 and ceded by him to the Prince Regent. 1970.1, commissioned by the fourth earl of Darnley, was completed by Canova's assistents after his death and delivered to the earl at Cobham Hall in Kent in 1824. The original plaster model for the Naiad, completed in 1817, is in the Gipsoteca di Possagno. Compositional prototypes include Canova's Pauline Borghese as Venus Victrix and an ancient Hermaphrodite, both in the Borghese Gallery, Rome. Numerous slight indentations throughout the marble may be visible remains of the pointing system.
Signature: At left of rocky base: ANT C,
Earls of Darnley (until 1957; sale, Sotheby's, London, July 23, 1957, no. 409; to Appleby); Appleby (from 1957) ; [ Wildenstein and Co., Inc. , New York (until 1970; sold to MMA) ]
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