Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Italian, 1598-1680

Italian genius to carve marvellous sculptures continued until the seventeenth century with Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who created a new style known as the Baroque. He was born in Naples in 1598 and moved with his family to Rome at the age of eight, where he would enrich the Eternal City with his work under numerous popes’ patronage. Similarly to Raphael, whose father was also an artist who thought his son the fundamental aspects of art, Gian Lorenzo facilitated sculpting by his father Pietro Bernini’s artistic inheritance. As Michelangelo saw a figure captured in marble and carved it until it was set free, likewise, Bernini had this unique talent and ability to turn stone to life, which he would later call his children.


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