G. ANDREONI (Italian, 19th Century)

G. ANDREONI (Italian, 19th Century)

A White Marble Bust of Beatrice Cenci

signed 'G. Andreoni Pisa'
33½in. (85.1cm.) high

Lot Essay

Beatrice Cenci (1577-1599) was the daughter of Francesco Cenci, a very wealthy, violent and cruel Roman nobleman. After years of brutal mistreatment and imprisonment, she finally freed herself and her family by having her father assasinated. When the truth was revealed, Pope Clement VIII condemned the family members (with the exception of the youngest son) to death and confiscated the Cenci properties for the Church. This story is the subject of many paintings, dramas, poems and novels including a portrait of Beatrice Cenci by Guido Reni, The Cenci (1819) by Shelley and Beatrice Cenci (1958) by Alberto Moravio.