PIETRO TENERANI

Torano 1798 - 1869 Rome
Tenerani initially trained under Lorenzo Bartolini and Pietro Marchetti in Carrara. In 1814 he received a stipend enabling him to study in Rome, where he came to know Canova (qv) and Bertel Thorvaldsen, working for a time in the latter’s studio. Tenerani first achieved international acclaim with his figure of Psyche (1817, Florence, Palazzo Pitti). After Thorvaldsen had left Rome, in 1838, Tenerani inherited his position as the most important sculptor working in that city. Among his most celebrated works was Cupid Pulling a Thorn out of the Foot of Venus and the large relief of the Deposition (Laternao, San Giovanni). Tenerani freed himself from the aesthetic tradition of Neoclassicism in favour of Romanticism, and in particular Italian Purismo, signing its manifesto in 1843. This Italian equivalent to the German Nazarene movement found its ideal in the early work of Raphael with its affirmation of the importance of drawing and its insistence on idealism. As President of the Accademia di San Luca and Director of both the Capitoline Museums and the Vatican Collections in Rome, Tenerani played a central role in the cultural life of mid-nineteenthcentury Rome.
Pietro Tenerani
Bust of a Girl, 1837

Marble, height 52 cm
Inv.-No. SK643
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