26. Funerary monument to Giovanni Battista Costabili Containi

by Pietro Tenerari
Pietro Tenerani, a pupil of Bartolini in Carrara, achieved considerable international fame; his works are currently disputed by several major museums around the world. The monument that he designed, which was sculpted by Gaetano Davia, depicts Giovanni Battista Costabili Containi, a prominent politician in Napoleonic Italy, and the owner of a valuable library and art gallery. Costabili is seated with the senatorial insignia, and is flanked by two female figures, allegories of Justice and Industry. The base contains a bas-relief commemorating Costabili himself on a diplomatic mission to see Napoleon. The work is found inside the Magnani Cell, which also contains other remarkable tombs.
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