by Gian Lorenzo BERNINI

Bernini was by far the most important Baroque sculptor and architect of seventeenth-century Europe and one of the key creators of the whole Baroque era. But he worked initially as a painter. There is no doubt that this was only a sideline which he did mainly in his youth and even then almost as a dilettante. Despite this - indeed precisely because of this - his work reveals a sure and brilliant hand, free from any trace of pedantry. He studied in Rome under his own father, Pietro, and soon proved one of the most precocious infant prodigies in the history of art. His work was immediately sought after by the major collectors.

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Saint Andrew and Saint Thomas
c. 1627
Oil on canvas, 62 x 78 cm
National Gallery, London

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David with the Head of Goliath
Oil on canvas, 75 x 65,5 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

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84 Kb

Portrait of a Boy
c. 1638
Oil on canvas
Galleria Borghese, Rome

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Self-Portrait as a Young Man
c. 1623
Oil on canvas, 38 x 30 cm
Galleria Borghese, Rome

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Self-Portrait as a Mature Man
c. 1635
Oil on canvas, 53 x 43 cm
Galleria Borghese, Rome

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c. 1635
Oil on canvas, 62 x 46 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

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103 Kb

Pope Urban VIII
Oil on canvas, 67 x 50 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

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108 Kb

Summary of works by Bernini
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