Adamo Tadolini

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Statue of St. Paul in St. Peter's Square, Rome

Adamo Tadolini (21 December 1788 – 16 February 1863) was an Italian sculptor. One of a family of sculptors, he studied in Rome with the neo-classical sculptor Antonio Canova and is linked to him in style.


Statue of Bolivar in Plaza Bolívar, Caracas by Adamo Tadolini

Adamo was born in Bologna into a family of sculptors, descending from his grandfather Petronio Tadolini (1727–1813).

From 1808 to 1813 he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna under the directorship of Giacomo De Maria (1762–1838). In 1813 Adamo won a prize for sculpture awarded by the Accademia Curlandese, with a terracotta relief showing Venus and Aeneas carrying weapons. He won a four-year scholarship to Rome. During his scholarship he created a plaster statue of Ajax cursing the Gods. He came to the attention of the famed Antonio Canova and was invited to work in his studio. He worked there until 1822 when Canova helped him set up his own studio at Via Del Babuino 150 in Rome which now exists as the Canova-Tadolini Museum and is a treasury of his, and his family's, huge range of work.

His sons Scipione Tadolini (1822–1892) and Tito Tadolini (1828–1910) worked with him and Scipione took ownership of the studio on Adamo's death. The studio later passed to Giulio Tadolini (1849–1918 and finally Enrico Tadolini (1888–1967).

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