BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
(b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma)
Bust of Giovan Battista Santonic. 1610
Santa Prassede, Rome
Probably carved around 1610 when the sculptor was twelve years old, the bust of Santoni demonstrates an ability to fashion works that more mature rivals would have envied.Inevitably the bust reveals the tutelage of the sculptor's father in the features and in the almost imperceptible transitions from skin to hair; in format it falls within the conventions of Roman funerary monuments of the period.