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The show examines the history of sculptor Antonio Canova's lost masterpiece, a statue of George Washington depicted in ancient Roman garb, drafting his farewell address to the states. The exhibition brings together the full-sized preparatory plaster model and related objects.

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In 1816, the General Assembly of North Carolina commissioned a full-length statue of George Washington to stand in the rotunda of the State Capitol, in Raleigh. Thomas Jefferson, believing that no American sculptor was up to the task, recommended Antonio Canova (1757– 1822), then one of Europe’s most celebrated artists. The first and only work Canova created for the United States, the statue …

In 1816, the General Assembly of North Carolina commissioned a full-length statue of George Washington to stand in the rotunda of the State Capitol, in Raleigh. Thomas Jefferson, believing that no American sculptor was up to the task, recommended Antonio Canova (1757– 1822), then one of Europe’s most celebrated artists. The first and only work Canova created for the United States, the statue depicted the nation’s first president in ancient Roman garb—all’antica armor—per Jefferson’s urging, drafting his farewell address to the states. It was unveiled to great acclaim in 1821. Tragically, a …

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1 East 70th Street
New York, NY, US
Mondays: Closed Tue through Sat: 10am to 6pm (last tickets sold at 5:30) Wednesdays: 10am to 6pm (Pay what you wish: 2pm to 6pm) Sundays: 11am to 5pm (Last tickets sold at 4:30) First Fridays: First Fri evening of the month, from 6pm to 9pm (except January and September)