Dedalus and Icarus by Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova, Daedalus and Icarus, 1779, Venice, Museo Correr | Photo: Livioandronico2013 (Own Work) via Wikimedia Creative Commons

The sculpture named Dedalus and Icarus is a masterpiece by a young Antonio Canova in 1779. The theme is a mythological one: it shows Daedalus while intent on fixing wax wings onto his son Icarus shoulders so that he could escape the labyrinth in which both have been imprisoned, before Icarus’s downfall when the wings melt from the heat of the Sun. The work comes from Palazzo Pisani, and is a sort of showcase for the sculpture of the time and depicts the Master’s tools at the bottom.

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