In the 18th century the Stables were used for housing the livestock that Pasino, Antonio Canova’s grandfather, used 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 the fields or tow the carriage. When the inside of the Gypsotheca was rearranged, the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa decided to use this space to exhibit some Canovian artworks, such as the plaster cast of a horse painted in black that the artist completed in his last years. This building shares a number of features with the architectural style of Carlo Scarpa, like the light coming from the 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