[Vita digitale] La Maddalena di Canova in Second Life costa L$9
Se siete su SecondLife, potete acquistarla: “Great decor for a graveyard, Gothic Garden, or other morbid theme”; se siete a Genova, la scultura è ai Musei di Strada Nuova dal 2008; il suo bozzetto in creta è in mostra a Palazzo Reale.
Dal saggio “Erotic Spirituality and the Catholic Revival in Napoleonic Paris: The Curious History of Antonio Canova’s Penitent Magdalen” di Christopher M. S. Johns (2013), che non si direbbe aggiornatissimo:
At first glance, the Penitent Magdalen seems an unprepossessing work of sculpture. Housed today in the Museo Agostiniano [sic] in the under-visited city of Genoa, it is rarely seen even by art historians and other determined devotees of Canova’s art. In its present setting, it is badly lit and poorly preserved. A yellowish coating on the surface, the result of a misguided restoration in the late nineteenth century [sic], casts a jaundiced pall over the figure. The Magdalen’s small scale and slumped, melancholic posture seem more a product of her unhappy present than a testimony to her past glories. Standing before it, considerable powers of imagination, coupled with intensive research, are needed to recover its exalted place in the history of early nineteenth-century European art. There can be little question, however, that its forlorn sentimentality and corporeal vulnerability gave it considerable appeal to French viewers in Napoleonic Paris.