St. Peter's - Guide to the Basilica and Square
The Monument to Pius VIII (1829-1830), by Pietro Tenerani (1789-1869),
is in the Neoclassical style. The Pontiff is kneeling; above him is the
statue of Christ enthroned, and below, are the statues of Sts. Peter and
Paul. On the base are the allegorical figures of Prudence and Justice.
Peter's Basilica - A Virtual Tour
On the opposite side above the entrance to the Sacristy and the Treasury
is the monumental Tomb of Pius VIII, created in 1866 by P. Tenerani. It
is a work which has an essential line and a formal simplicity, but its
predominant overall effect is one of excessive coldness, despite the noble
intentions of the sculptor to combine a classical style with sincere Christian
sentiment, following the examples of Canova and Nazareni.
On 25 March, 1830, Pius published the Brief "Litteris altero abhinc",
in which he declared that marriage could be blessed by the Church only
when the proper promises were made regarding the Catholic education of
the children; otherwise, the parish priest should only assist passively
at the ceremony.
He was extremely
conscientious. Thus, he ordered all his relatives, upon his accession
to the pontifical throne, to resign the positions which they held.