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The Proprietors of the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE have the pleasure to inform the Public that their improved Plate of “ Psyche,” drawn by Mr. Corbould from the Statue executed by R. Westmacott, Esq., R. A., for His Grace the Duke of Bedford, is now ready for delivery, at No. 13, Cornhill, and may be obtained through the medium of every respectable Bookseller in the United Kingdom.
The continuation of Pulpit Eloquence is unavoidably omitted this month-it shall appear in our next number.
We hope our fair Correspondent, “ Thisbe," will forgive the mistake we made in her signature; and, if she will oblige us with some more of Irer poetical effusions, we promise to be sufficiently careful,
We have returned to our Publisher various Communications directed to their respective Authors.
London, Published for the Proprietore of the European Magazine, by Iupten Reifa 13.Comhill Dec":141822.
WITH A PORTRAIT PAINTED FROM THE LIFE, BY JOHN JACKSON, ESQ. R. A.
AND ENGRAVED BY J. THOMSON.
From the great celebrity of Ca- now patronized by Falier, who sent nova, we had for some time been him to Vienna, and placed him as a solicitous of giving to the public a student under Foretti, and then with history of his life, and a description his nephew, and afterwards launched of those beautiful works of art, the him into professional life upon his emanations of his genius, which have own account, in a small shop under at once achieved immortality for the the cloisters of St. Stephano, at Veartist, and have revived, in Europe, nice, from which he removed to the a delight in sculpture as intense as Traghelto di San Maurizio. At the that which is said to have been felt age of seventeen, or, as some say, by the Ancients. We had just ac- fifteen, he produced his first statue, quired authentic Memoirs of this a figure of Eurydice, of about half great man, when we received the the size of life, and executed in a unexpected and lamentable account species of
soft marble, called by the of his decease. Few things can bet Italians Pietro Dolce. As we reter attest the pre-eminence of Canova serve our remarks upon his genius than the rapidity with which the in- and productions to the latter end of telligence of his death has been con- this Memoir, we shall content our. veyed to every part of Europe, and selves, for the present, in observing, the earnestness with which the most that his figure of Eurydice displayed exalted by rank, and the most cele- no promise of superiority, and exhi. brated for genius, have regretted bited no germ of that character of the catastrophe.
Canova's genius, which so decidedly Antonio Canova was born in 1757, pervaded all the productions of his at Possagno, a small village about maturer life. His next effort was eight miles from Bassano, in the his Orpheus, and this, with his EuryMarquisate of Trevisano, in the Ve- dice, are now in a villa near Asolo, netian territory. His birth was hum- about fifteen miles from Treviso. ble, but at the age of twelve, he He was now admitted into the attracted the attention of the Lord Academy of the Fine Arts at Venice, of Possagno, it is said, by placing and won many of the prizes; and upon that nobleman's table a figure when the Cavalier Girolamo Zulian, of a lion, ably modelled in butter. the Venetian Ambassador at Rome, - At fourteen, he made first invited him to that city, the Senat coup d'essai in marble, and pro- of Venice granted him a pension of duced two baskets of fruit, which 300 ducats, as a reward for a group now ornament the staircase of the which he had made from the subject Palazzo Farsetti at Venice. He was of Dædalus and Icarus. It is said, that the notice, bestowed upon him produced a statue of Psyche standby the Venetian Ambassador, was in ing and holding a butterfly with consequence of an earlier apprecia- one hand, the flight of which she tion of his merits by Sir Wm. Hamil- restrains by gently compressing ton, who had also bestowed upon the wings with the other. The him pecuniary favours. It is not al- figure is of the natural size, and ways possible to decide with cer- there is a fine engraving of it by tainty the contest, which men of rank Bertini, under which Canova has frequently maintain, for the honour placed the following philosophic of having been the first to discover lines from Dante :and reward the incipient genius of those who subsequeutly rise to emi- “ Non vi accorgete voi che noi siamo nence; but Canova always acknow- vermi ledged, with gratitude, that, at this
Nati a formar l'Angelica farfalla ?" period of his life, he had received many important favours from Sir At the age of thirty-six he finishWilliam Hamilton, then our Am
ed his Venus and Adonis. This bassador at Naples. The Cavalier group has been engraved by Bertini, Zulian commissioned him to execute and is now at Naples ; but the the group of Theseus and the Mino- whole of his works were executed taur, and his success at Rome was in the following order :decided, although it must be con
Mary Magdalen weeping-A stafessed that, for the first years of his
tue of small size, and one of the residence in that capital, his princi
best of Canova's works. It is now in pal employers were our own coun- the gallery of M. Sommariva, at trymen. He acquired the esteem of
Paris. ali persons
for his modest, unas- Cupid and Psyche standingsuming manners, and for his genero- These two figures are of natural sity to poorer students of the Arts, size, but there is a defect in the and to the widows and orphans of figure of Cupid, which is made more unfortunate artists.
delicate and feminine than that of In 1784, he executed the Mauso Psyche— The group is now at Malleum of Pope Clement XIV., the maison. Canova executed a copy celebrated Ganganelli, and which for the Emperor of Russia. was engraved by Vitolli. At the Perseus, with the head of Medubottom of this engraving, Canova sa just severed from the body. This paid an extravagant compliment to statue was dedicated to Joseph the Cavalier Jerome Zulian, the Bosio, a painter of Milan who had Venetian Ambassador to the Porte, purchased it, but it afterwards bebut which he subsequently thought came the property of Pius VII.,
who proper to moderate. In this engrav. placed it upon the pedestal of the ing he takes the title of the Sculptor Apollo, of which it resembled the of Possagno, and tells the Cavalier contour and attitude, but the recolJulian,
lection of the Greek figure deterio
rated from the merits of the Perseus. "Vostre sono le opere mie, perche vos- When the works of art were restortro sono."
ed from the French by the Allies in
1815, the Apollo resumed its staThis alone will be considered by tion. many as conclusive, that the pa- Ferdinand IV. of Naples, in rotronage of the Zulian family was man costume, with the helmet on original, and not secondary to that his head, and with a large mantle of Sir W. Hamilton.
covering the left shoulder and arm. His next prodnction was his This colossal statue was modelled in Psyche, executed by the order of 1797, but not begun in marble till Sir H. Blundell. The subject is 1803, and the work was again sus. taken from Apuleias, and represents pended during the occupation of Psyche and Cupid recumbent. This Naples by the French. It was is, unquestionably, a beautiful work, eventually finished by the special and if not the first, is, at least, one order of Murat, who with inuch of the most successful efforts of Ca- magnanimity accompanied the order nova's genius. Canova subsequently by the observation, that "it was a