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Bernini Gian Lorenzo (1598-1680)


Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), an Italian sculptor, was probably the most famous artist of the 1600's.

The baroque style

Bernini was an outstanding interpreter of the baroque, a highly ornamental style. Bernini also wrote and staged comedies, painted portraits, and was a notable architect.

The Cornaro Chapel

Bernini's intensely dramatic baroque style appears in many of his sculptures for the Cornaro Chapel in Rome. The chapel altarpiece becomes a stage where an angel is poised to drive an arrow into the heart of a swooning Saint Theresa.

Realistic works

Bernini also created realistic works, particularly in his portraits. His best-known architecture, the great plaza of St. Peter's Church, is shaped to symbolize the church's welcoming embrance. His bronze canopy with its twisted columns shelter the high altar in St. Peter's.

The Bernini's work of art

Borghese Gallery - Rome

§ "Pluto and Proserpina 1621-22" sculpture 1621-22

§ "Apollo and Daphne" sculpture 1622-25

§ "David" sculpture 1623

§ "Aenas, Anchises and Ascanius Fleeing Troy" 1619

§ "Bust of Scipione Borghese" bust 1632

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§ "Costanza Bonarelli" bust 1635

§ "Saint Peter" 1657-66

§ "Tomb of Alexander VII" 1671-78

§ "Francesco I d'Este" duke of Modena bust 1650-51, Este Gallery and Museum in Modena

§ "Barcaccia" 1627-29 in the Piazza di Spagna in Rome

§ "The Triton Fountain" 1642-43 in the Piazza Barberini in Rome

§ "The Fountain of the Four Rivers" c. 1648-56 in the Piazza Navona in Rome

§ "Chigi Chapel" in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome

§ "Daniel in the Lions' Den" and "Habakkuk and the Angel" 1655-61

§ "The altar" of the Santissimo Sacramento Chapel 1673-74

§ "Ecstasy of St. Teresa" sculpture 1644-52 Cornaro Chapel in Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome

§ "Blessed Ludovica Albertoni" c. 1674 Altieri Chapel in San Francesco a Ripa in Rome

Vaticano - S.Peter Basilica

§ "Urbano VII" 1628-47

§ "S. Longino" sculpture 1629-38




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