BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
(b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma)
Throne (Cathedra) of St Peter (detail)1657-66
Marble, bronze, white and golden stucco
Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican
The fine alabaster window, surrounded by golden clouds and angels flying between rays of light, casts a mystical warmth through the basilica, especially in the afternoon. It is divided into twelve sections, in homage to the twelve Apostles who carried the words of the Gospel throughout the world.