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

Caricature of a Cavalier

Pen and brown ink on laid paper, 207 x 145 mm
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York

Bernini made various kinds of preparatory drawing, from summary but dynamic compositional sketches to more careful studies of particular details, but he also produced independent drawings. His pioneering caricatures delighted his contemporaries and broke new ground in the art of social satire.