A cross-section of Italian excellences. From the Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova in Possagno, Italy, to Frick Collection in New York. Handling, packing and transporting by Interlinea Fine Art Services.

‘Canova’s George Washington’ at Frick Collection in New York, is the first exhibition dedicated to the only work Canova created for America, until September 23, 2018.

The North Carolina Senate, in 1816 commissioned a full-length statue of George Washington to stand in the State House in Raleigh. Thomas Jefferson, believing that no American sculptor was up to the task, recommended Antonio Canova.

The statue depicted the nation’s first president in ancient Roman garb, per Jefferson’s urging, drafting his farewell address to the states. It was unveiled to great acclaim in 1821, and people traveled from far and wide to see it. Tragically, only a decade later, a fire swept through the State House, reducing the statue to just a few charred fragments.

Interlinea Fine Art Services has successfully completed its task of handling, packing and transporting Canova’s full-size preparatory plaster model of George Washington (1818), which has never left Italy, like sketches for the sculpture, engravings and drawings of the artist, and Thomas Lawrence’s oil portrait of Canova, loan from the Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova in Possagno, Italy, the birthplace of the artist, to Frick Collection in New York, for a double exhibition project.

info and press release ‘Canova’s George Washington’