Pierto Cardelli was one of five artist-sons of Lorenzo Cardelli (ca. 1733-1794), a Roman ornamental sculptor. Pietro has been confused with a certain Giorgio Cardelli from Florence, who left behind no known work. I concluded in 1993 that Pietro and Giorgio must have been the same person - that there was no Giorgio Cardelli at all (Worley, 1993, p. 42). Pietro was born in Rome on 30 September 1776. At the age of seventeen he won the Second Prize in Painting at the Accademia di San Luca with Jacob Asking Laban for the Hand of His Daughter in Marriage. Before 1801 he was in Paris with the sons of Piranesi and he was commissioned in 1802 to carve the bust of seventeenth-century Dutch painter Gerard Dou,
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