The Gypsotheca of Museo Canova
The Gypsotheca of Possagno is the largest in Europe. Built by the will of Giovanni Battista Sartori who entrusted the project to Francesco Lazzari.
The Gypsotheca was envisioned as a large Basilica divided into three sections naturally lit by three big skylights. After the restoration works that followed the 1917 bombing, it was Carlo Scarpa, between 1955 and 1957, who took charge of the expansion of the Gypsotheca and the rearrangement of the sculptures. The architect designed the first entrance hall and the additional wing named after him. In his arrangements he gave great importance to the clay sketches and positioned the art pieces scenically inside the architectural structure so that the light coming from above showcases the white Canovian plasters.
Entrance hall of the Gypsotheca, Adonis crowned by Venus
Il porticato d’ingresso della Gypsotheca