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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Venus and Mars is an exemplary statue by the Italian Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova. It is among his best works with which he uses to showcase his deep understanding of human anatomy. The smooth curves and the intricate details on the Statues prove he was among the best sculptors of his time.

The general outlook of the statue shows how well Antonio Canova was able to bring out the beauty of Venus and the masculinity of Mars, the god of War. The statue was commissioned in the year 1815 by George IV, who was a prince regent at the moment. Antonio Canova then worked on the art from the year 1817 to 1822, which marked the completion of the task. It was, however, not until 1824 that the sculpture arrived at the House of Carlton. From there, it was displayed in a Conservatory. The statue shows the admirable love between Venus and Mars and how close they were to one another.

Antonio Canova used the Daguerreotype and glazing technique to come up with the Venus and Mars Sculpture. It is the same method he used to develop many of his other stunning statues. That shows his comfortability to use the technique compared to other methods. With the Daguerreotype and glazing technique, Antonia Canova was able to achieve a perfect masterpiece. A beautiful sculpture that symbolizes the love between two people, Venus, the goddess of love, and Mars, the god of War.

The first thing that comes in anyone's mind after viewing the Venus and Mars statue is perfection. The exemplary artwork is seen from every angle thanks to the in-depth understanding of the sculpting process by Antonio Canova. He was able to come up with one of the finest artworks, and that can be seen from the whole effigy. Due to his sculpting mastery, he was able to bring out the beauty of the goddess of love and her attractive silhouette. He also uses his creativity to produce an incredible sculpture of Mars.

From the statue, it is easy to see the love and admiration the two figures had for one another. They both gaze into each other's eyes with Mars holding a spear on one hand while embracing Venus with the other. His face expresses tenderness and adoration despite his ruthlessness when it comes to War. Venus, on the other hand, displays her affection for the god of War by wrapping her hand around Mars. The Venus and Mars statue by Antonio Canova is currently in the Buckingham Palace in London.