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Tomb of Pope Clement XIII, Antonio Banzo

Tomb of Pope Clement XIII, Antonio Banzo

Inv. No. CE4/00437

This print is by etched and engraved on a copper plate, probably made in the 18th century. It represents the tomb of Pope Clement XIII, sculpted by Antonio Canova. It can be found in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The print was made by the Italian engraver, Antonio Banzo (1777-1859), based on the drawing by the Italian artist, Stefano Tofanelli (circa.1750-1810). Tofanelli made numerous drawings based on painting and sculptures. He was commissioned by engravers to create drawings. The engravers would reproduce these drawings in engravings. Prince Abbondio Rezzonico of Rome, and his two brothers, both cardinals, commissioned Canova (1757-1822) to make a commemorative monument for Pope Clemente XIII (also known as Carlo Rezzonico). This was destined to be displayed in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Canova began in 1789 and devoted himself to the work incessantly for four years, finally unveiling the monument in 1792. This memorial is composed of an entrance flanked by two figures; on the right hand side there is a representation of ‘Glory’ with a lion at its feet, and on the left hand side ‘Allegory’ of Christian faith with another lion. At the top, the neoclassical sculptor has represented the Pope in a kneeling position.

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