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

The Throne of Saint Peter (detail)

Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican

Supporting the structure of the Cathedra are the four fathers of the Church: St Ambrose, St Augustine, St Athanasius and St John Chrysostom. Rendered twice-life size, these hugely dominating figures represent the sanctity of the Cult of Saints and their continuity with present-day bishops.

The picture shows the figures of St Ambrose and St Athanasius.