The Thorvaldsens Museum Archives

Back to 1815

Not later than 8.1.1815

Portrait Bust of Pietro Benvenuti, marble, 71 cm, today on Benvenuti’s tomb in San Lorenzo, Florence. Probably executed by Giovanni Antonio Santarelli.

Primary sources

  • The marble work took place at some point between the completion of the model in September 1823 and 8.1.1815.
  • Letter dated 8.1.1815 from Benvenuti to Thorvaldsen.
  • Letter dated 20.1.1825 from Benvenuti to Thorvaldsen.
  • Benvenuti’s will dated 22.5.1843 (”Il mio Corpo desidero che sia tumulato nel Chiostro della Chiesa di san Lorenzo con obbligo ai miei eredi di eseguirvi apposito Sepolcro e di mettervi il mio Busto in Marmo che tengo in mia Casa è che è opera di Torvalsen.” Confirms that the bust on the tomb is a marble version of Thorvaldsen’s bust from September 1813).

Other references

  • Else Kai Sass: Thorvaldsens Portrætbuster, Copenhagen 1963-65, Vol. I, p. 199-205 (Argues that the marble bust on Benvenuti’s tomb is Thorvaldsen’s work and suggests that Santarelli could have done the marble work).

Last updated 02.01.2019