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Possagno: Canova’s return


Possagno is a tiny town at the feet of Monte Grappa, near Treviso, overlooked by an imposing neoclassical temple that stands in the countryside. Its origins are much more recent than the style that it recalls: this is one of the great works of the famous architect and excellent sculptor Antonio Canova and it represents the mausoleum that he wanted to dedicate to himself. In the village, in his native home, there is the “gipsothèque”, the laboratory where the plaster casts of Canova's greatest final works are exhibited.