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AVILA HAS A POINT WHEN HE HIGHLIGHTS THE INTENTIONALITY BEHIND THE APPARENT ARTISTIC SELF EFFACEMENT IN ANTONIO CANOVAS’ LAST SEVEN PIECES CURRENTLY SHOWN AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM IN NEW YORK:

‘In my opinion, these are the typical works of art that must be seen in the setting for what they were design, if we don‘t want to use our imagination… Canova’s lack of ego and self presence at the time of carving those reliefs are evident in the way he depicted those images in marmol (I think) by focusing in the transmission of the religious aspects of the job, showing purity and simple shapes with minimal intervention, since it appears that to him the most important thing was to communicate a known message clearly (plain backgrounds with low relief which help mysticism), rather than showing the individual peculiarities and the particular characteristics of the subjects while avoiding forms, shapes and contours that could distract the viewer from the message… In another words, if Ken Johnson wants to find inspiration and sensuality in the buttocks of some other statue… then he can go to hell…’

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