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19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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Antonio Tantardini
1829 - 1879
ITALIAN
BUST OF A WOMAN
signed: ANT.NIO TANTARDINI. MILANO
white marble, on a white marble socle
72cm., 28 3/8 in. overall
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Catalogue Note

This beautiful bust shows a contemplative young woman with an elaborate up-do and finely rendered jewellery. It epitomises the virtuoso carving technique of Antonio Tantardini who, in a country famed for its skilled marble carvers, was one of the very best exponents of this craft. Vicario describes Tantardini's skill as 'un abilità tecnica stupefacente' ('a stupefying technical ability').

Trained by Pompeo Marchesi at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, Antonio Tantardini is celebrated for his achievement of verismo in Italian Sculpture. His works La leggitrice and La schiava, a combination of realism and Romanticism, show an affinity with Lorenzo Bartolini’s oeuvre, of which Tantardini was a follower. He sculpted a number of important monuments, including the Cavour Monument in Milan, the statue of Arnold de Brescia, and the Independence Monument in Vienna.

RELATED LITERATURE
V. Vicario, Gli scultori italiani dal Neoclassicismo al Liberty, 1994, vol. 2, pp. 1021-1024; A.  Panzetta, Nuovo dizionario degli scultori Italiani dell'Ottocento e del primo Novocento, Turin, 2003, vol. 2, p. 902

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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