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Della Vita Di Antonio Canova Libri Quattro Compilati Da Melchior Missirini

Melchiore Missirini

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Prato: Per I Frat. Giachetti, MDCCCXXIV.

Physical Description

523, [1] p., frontis. (port.), [2] pl. (one fold.); 223 mm. (Octavo.)


[Frontis. (port.), t.p., dedic.] - Prefazione - [Text] - Appendice - [Two pl.] - Catalogo Cronologico Delle Opere Di Antonio Canova - Indice [i.e. table of contents] - Dichiarazione Delle Medaglie Coniate In Onore Di Antonio Canova.

Responsibility Note

The 'Catalogo Cronologico' has a caption-title reading 'Catalogo Cronologico Delle Opere Di Antonio Canova Si Come Fu Stampato Dal Conte Cicognara'.

The frontispiece is signed as drawn by [illegible] and engraved by P. Fontana. The first plate is signed as drawn by C. Prayer and engraved by Vin. Giaconi; the second, as drawn by Fo. Ferrari and engraved by Po. Fontana.

The work is dedicated by Melchior Missirini to Giovanbatista Canova (the half-brother of Canova, also known as Bishop Giovanni Battista Sartori).


RIBA, Early printed books, 3 (1999), 2150 [on 3rd. ed., 1825].

Surveys of Neoclassicism are D. Irwin, Neoclassicism (1997); The age of Neoclassicism [Royal Academy and V&A exhibition catalogue] (1972); H. Honour, Neoclassicism (1968).

Summary Note

The biography is preceded by a frontispiece portrait, and followed by a portrait taken on the day of Canova's death and by a folding plate showing eight medals struck in Canova's honour.

Revised editions of the work were published in 1825.

Binding Note

Rebacked and recornered in 1993, 19th-century marbled-papered boards; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Vita Di Antonio Canova - Missirini'.

Name as Subject


Sculptors - Artists - Sculpture - Italy - History - 18th century - 19th century - Neoclassical
Biography - Art history - 19th century