In the 18th century the Stables were used for housing the livestock that Pasino, Antonio Canova’s grandfather, needed for wool. Later on, in the first decades of the 19th century, the building was transformed into a shelter for the horses the family owned to work in the fields or tow the carriage. When the inside of the Gypsotheca was rearranged, the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa decided to exhibit in the Stables some Canovian artworks, such as the plaster cast horse painted black that the artist completed in his last years. The building that used to be a stable shares a number of features with the architectural style of Carlo Scarpa: the light coming from two windows, the presence of a slit, and the use of specific iron supports on top of which the plaster cast models are positioned.
Stables, pieces of art and visitors | ph credits Otium/Favotto