Gypsotheca Canoviano, PossagnoGypsotheca Canoviano, Possagno

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Possagno is the home town of one of the greatest sculptors of all time : Antonio Canova (1757-1822). This sculptor is renowned for the delicacy and the finesse of achievement of its marbles statues.

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In December 1917, Possagno was bombed by the Austro-Hungarian artillery, causing the collapse of the gipsoteca and irrecoverably destroying certain works and severely damaging others. Some of the works were restored by Stefano Serafin and his son Siro. The gipsoteca was reopened in 1922.
During the second world war, to prevent new destructions, all works were transported and stored in the temple.

Just on the side of his birthplace house, the Canova Museum is also called gipsoteca because it brings together many cast, plaster and a few final marble sculptures. Some plasters have a great value because they have never been realized in marble, including the statue "Adonis crowned by Venus".

There is also a gallery of paintings in the museum.

The temple is a neo-classical building, designed and funded by Canova.

Begun in 1819, Canova did never see the completion in 1830.

It is composed of 3 parts : a pediment to columns recalling the Parthenon, a central part in dome evoking the Roman Pantheon, and an apse. These 3 parties symbolize the 3 ages of our Western History : the Greek civilization, Roman culture and Christian religion.

Inside is the tomb of Canova, that he sculpted himself, before his death... ;-)

On the top of the high altar, the deposition altarpiece has also been painted by Canova.

How getting there: 

18km north-east from Bassano del Grappa.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

Closed on Mondays
9 am - 6 pm

Visit duration: 

2h with temple.

Entry fees: 

normal : 7 €
discount rate : 5 €

Contact: 

Piazza Canova
Possagno (TV)
Telefono : + 39. 0423.544.323

http://www.museocanova.it/