BERNINI, Italian family of sculptors
Three generations of the Bernini family were first and foremost sculptors. Pietro Bernini trained his sons Gianlorenzo Bernini and Luigi Bernini, Gianlorenzo becoming one of the greatest artists of the 17th century. Florentine in origin, the family moved from Naples to Rome in 1605 or 1606, and Gianlorenzo's reputation is largely based on his contributions to that city. His brother Luigi served as an assistant and manager of his large workshop. Of Gianlorenzo's 11 children, Paolo Bernini (b. 1648) entered his father's service, assisted in various late projects and accompanied him to Paris in 1665; Domenico Bernini (1657–1723), the youngest son, was a student of church history and wrote an important biography of his father.