Aleksandr Terebenev

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Terebenev, Aleksandr Ivanovich


Born Jan. 9 (21), 1815, in St. Petersburg; died there July 31 (Aug. 12), 1859. Russian sculptor. Son of 1.1. Terebenev.

Terebenev studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts from 1824 to 1836 under I. V. Demut-Malinovskii. A representative of late classicism, he worked primarily in the field of monumental decorative sculpture. He created sculptures for a number of major public buildings in St. Petersburg, including the Council of Guardians and the orphanage. He also worked on the restoration of interiors in the Winter Palace after the fire of 1837, including the Gallery of the Patriotic War of 1812 and Field Marshal Hall. His most significant works are the ten enormous atlantes in the portico of the New Hermitage in Leningrad (granite, 1844–49).

Terebenev also executed a number of realistic portrait sculptures, such as the gravestone bust of V. A. Karatygin (bronze, 1853–54; now in the Museum of Urban Sculpture, Leningrad) and a statuette of A. S. Pushkin (cast iron, 1837; Russian Museum, Leningrad).


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