BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
(b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma)
Loggia of the Founders1647-52
Cappella Cornaro, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome
Bernini placed the bust-length figures of the living and dead members of the Cornaro family in what are sometimes mistakenly called theatre box. Such boxes came later, Bernini's are better likened to the oratories from which distinguished or royal personages observed services.
The loggia is located on the left side wall of the chapel.