12. Monument to Teodoro Bonati
by Antonio d’Este
The Cell was purchased by Don Carlo Bentivoglio d'Aragona in order to house the "remains of those who distinguished themselves in the disciplines of hydraulics and mathematics." The south wall is dedicated to the colossal monument of Teodoro Bonati (the plaque reads Theodoro Bonato), a great expert in the field of hydraulics and a member of the Italian Society of Sciences, to which several artists contributed: the design is by Ferdinando Canonici, the medallion depicting his profile is by Antonio d'Este, the decorations surrounding the large marble slab are the work of Francesco Vidoni, and the epigraph is by Pietro Giordani.