Tomb of Antonio Canova

Tomb of Canova, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice
The great Franciscan basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is full to the brim with monuments to the great and the good (or should I say the rich and the powerful). Most are bombastic and extravagant concoctions of marble, but there is one which is a somewhat quieter affair. 
Tomb of Canova, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice
It belongs to the sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822), the last great hero of neo-classicism. Taking the form of a monumental pyramid, the tomb was modelled on the master's own design for a never-realised memorial to Titian and carved by five of his own pupils. 

The two weeping figures on the right represent Painting and Architecture, while in the centre, cloaked, veiled and carrying an urn (containing Canova's heart), represents Sculpture. To the left rests the languorous winged figure of Genius. 

On seeing Canova's tomb, John Ruskin wrote: 'The tomb of Canova, by Canova, cannot be missed; consummate in science, intolerable in affectation, ridiculous in conception, null and void to the uttermost in invention and feeling.'

I think we can safely say that the great Victorian critic was not a fan!