Daedalus and Icarus

Antonio Canova

Correr Museum

This sculpture is a masterpiece by the young Canova. The theme is a mythological one: it shows Daedalus intent on fixing wax wings onto his son Icarus to enable him to escape the labyrinth in which both have been imprisoned, before Icarus’s downfall when the wings melt from the heat of the sun. The work comes from Palazzo Pisani, and is a sort of showcase for the sculpture of the time and depicts the master’s tools at the bottom.