BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
(b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma)
Tomb of Countess Matilda (detail)1633-37
Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican
The tomb of Countess Matilda, a figure whom the Pope held particularly dear as a fellow Tuscan and as the ideal secular ruler in her relations with the Holy See, was also commissioned by Urban VIII for this part of St Peter's; Luigi Bernini collaborated on this work.