BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
(b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma)

Habakkuk and the Angel

1655-61
Marble
Cappella Chigi, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

The sculpture represents the scene when the angel is getting ready to lift Habakkuk by his hair and Habakkuk surrenders to the command to take his food to Daniel's cave.

In contrast to Renaissance sculpture, conceived for one main aspect, Bernini's figures extend in depth and often display complex arrangements of contrasting spatial planes and movements. The group of Habakkuk and the Angel represents an example.