First trained by his maternal uncle Pietro Marchetti, the young Tenerani arrived in Rome in 1813 where he joined Bertel Thorvaldsen's workshop. He participated on the tomb of Pope Pius VIII, completed a colossal marble of Saint Alphonsus of Liguori (Vatican), executed a Saint John the Evangelist for the Church of San Francesco di Paola (Naples) and a Saint Benedict for the Basilica Ostiense. He is also the author of numerous bust portraits of secular and religious dignitaries such as Popes Pius VIII, Gregory XVI and Pius IX. His fame radiated well outside of Italy, in Hungary (monument to Foth for the chapel Karoly) and Bogota (statue of Simon Bolivar).
A plaster from this model is kept in Bordeaux (Musée des Beaux-Arts), a marble is kept in Nice, another is kept in the Chateau de Chambord Collection and finally another is kept in Beauvais (MUDO).
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