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

Angels on Ponte Sant'Angelo

1667-69
Marble, over life-size
Ponte Sant'Angelo, Rome

Towards the end of his life, Bernini designed the angels on the Ponte Sant'Angelo in Rome, carried out by his extraordinary team of assistants: Antonio Raggi, Ercole Ferrata, Antonio Giorgetti, Domenico Guidi, Paolo Naldini, Cosimo Fancelli, Giulio Cartari and Lazzaro Morelli were the faithful executors of his idea as "producer". The recital of the choir of the Passion takes place against the sky because the angels stand on high pedestal, and in conjunction with water because the parapets of the bridge are in the open work, with railings formed of ropes of twisted bronze, so made to put the pilgrim in a new situation. The dance of the angels, immersed in the natural elements and in the historical setting (sky and dome of St Peter's, water and Castel Sant'Angelo), becomes the crystallization of an ephemeral procession.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 4 minutes):
César Franck: Panis angelicus