Last great work of the master of Possagno, the lying Magdalene is on this occasion exhibited for the first time in a monographic exhibition on Canova. Made in 1822 following the success of the sleeping Endymion , the statue, perhaps the masterpiece of the series of so-called reclining figures and emblem of the last production phase of the Venetian sculptor, was commissioned by the illustrious Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool and first English minister between 1819 and 1822. The importance of this sculpture lies precisely in the years in which it was made, as Canova struck the last strokes of his life on this marble. The prestigious provenance of the sculpture, then, once again underlines the immense esteem that the Venetian master had in England, especially in the late phase of his career, when he was fully free to develop his own artistic ideas without constraints. After long vicissitudes in collections of more or less illustrious characters and after having completely lost the memory, so much so that for a long time it was placed outdoors in a private garden in London, the work has finally been recognized and shown again to the world in all its poignant beauty.