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  • Flora

    Artist:
    Tenerani, Pietro. 1789-1869
    Dimensions:
    163 cm

Tenerani, Pietro. 1789-1869

Flora

Italy, 1840

Pietro Tenerani was a famous Italian sculptor of the second half of the 19th century. He trained at the celebrated Carrara Academy of Fine Arts. His teachers were the outstanding masters Canova and Thorvaldsen, uder whose guidance Tenerani attained exceptional success in the working of marble. By the time he created Flora, Tenerani was already an eminent sculptor. In 1838 his studio in Rome was visited by the heir to the Russian throne, Grand Duke Alexander Nikolayevich. Delighted with the model of Flora, he ordered a version of it in marble. This statue evoked the admiration of the Russian writer Gogol, who was then living in Rome and occasionally went to the sculptor's studio. In November 1840 the sculpture was delivered to St Petersburg, where it adorned the collection of future Emperor Alexander II. Flora, the Ancient Roman goddess of spring, is presented in the guise of a young, graceful maiden holding an armful of flowers in the skirt of her dress. The goddess's clothing is conveyed with such skill that it seems to be light and flutter in the wind.

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Flora

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163 cm

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Entered the Hermitage before 1859

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Н.ск-253

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