BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo
(b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma)
Saint Mary Magdalen1661-63
Marble, height 180 cm
Cappella Chigi, Duomo, Siena
The decoration of the Chigi Chapel was designed by Bernini. The most important parts of the decoration, along with the mosaics and the reliefs, were the four sculptures placed into the niches between the columns holding the cupola. Two of them, Jerome and Mary Magdalen, were made by Bernini.
Within the chapel, there are a further two sculptures by artists from Bernini's workshop - a St Catherine of Siena by Ercole Ferrata and a St Bernard of Siena by Antonio Raggi. The chapel as a whole was designed by Bernini.