What are some facts about Gian Lorenzo Bernioni?   

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think you mean Gianlorenzo Bernini. He was a very famous sculptor, architect and painter who lived from 1598-1680. He helped influence the Italian Baroque style. As a painter, he was known for his portraits and owes much to his father, who was also an artist. This meant that he had access to many patrons who supported his art, including the Borghese family and the Barbarini family. In addition to painting, his sculpture is also well known.He did a series of sculptures  based on Ovid's Metamorphosos and from the Bible for Cardinal Scipion Borghese. The most famous of these are probably "Apollo and Daphne" and "David". What makes "Apollo and Daphne so interesting is that one must walk around the sculpture in order to see the entire piece. Thus, Bernioni was communicating his idea that there can be no one single viewpoint of anything. He extended that idea in "David" because David seems to be aiming at a target behind the viewer. He also designed parts of churches and various tombs of Popes. For more information, see the link below.


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Check out the book/video series by Simon Schama entitled Power of Art.  His chapter on Bernini, focusing on the "Ecstacy of St. Theresa, but also covering his excellence in sculpture and his architectural feats.  Much of Bernini's work is housed in the Borghese Gallery in Rome.

He also lived quite a "juicy" life in 17th century Rome.

You may be able to search Borghese Gallery, Rome; Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria dell Vittoria, Rome.