Possagno is the home of the greatest neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova (Possagno 1st November 1757 – Venice 13th October 1822).
Excellent sculptor, known all over the world, left his great art heritage in his own Birth-house and in the nearby solemn Gipsoteca built in 1836 that collects almost all his plaster cast models, terracotta scale models, drawings and paintings.
The museum of Antonio Canova is really the complete view of his art and his life. Here his memory is preserved thanks to his stepbrother Giovanni Battista Sartori. Today this museum constitutes a necessary reference point for all the museums in the world that jealously preserve the marble masterpieces, expressions of his talent: the Musée du Louvre, the Ermitage of S. Petersburg, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the Apsley House in London, the Augustinerkirche, the Hofburg and Kunsthistorisches Museum of Wien, the Alte Pinakothek of Monaco, the Staatlichen Museen and the Nationalgalerie of Berlin, the Kunsthalle of Bremen, Villa La Grange of Geneva, the Museum of Western and Eastern Art of Kiev, the Galleria Palatina of Florence, the Musei Vaticani, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, the Musei Capitolini, the Galleria Borghese, the Museum of Capodimonte in Naples, the Museum of S. Agostino of Genova, the Museum Correr of Venice and the Musei Civici agli Eremitani of Padua.
Possagno represents the place where you can meet Canova’s culture. It is a casket that contains past and future, tradition and innovation. That is why the Museum Gipsoteca Antonio Canova opens its doors to the public presenting itself as a “whole” constituted by the museum, the house, a library and an archive with rooms devoted to learners and to the public. Here many events take place in order to make this place innovative, alive and able to educate and transmit culture.