Restoration of Canova's Rezzonico Lions
Canova’s Rezzonico plaster lions featured, before restoration, in the Summer 2013 Newsletter, have now emerged gleaming from Daniele Angellotto’s care and are shown here, having had their internal supports and wooden pedestals repaired and renovated. They are now ready for the new Canova Room being prepared in the Accademia Galleries as part of the massive new state funded €26 million reorganisation which will double the size of the museum space.
The gesso lions will be exhibited alongside Canova’s bozzetti – clay models - whose conservation was funded by Venice in Peril in 2012.
Another exhibit will be the Byzantine porphyry urn given to the Accademia delle Belle Arti by the Treasury of San Marco on Canova’s death, in which the artist’s right hand is preserved. The urn, which was given neoclassical gilt-brass mounts in the early 19th century, has also recently undergone conservation in the Misericordia laboratories, funded by the State.