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Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Baroque Sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Full Name: Gian Lorenzo [Giovanni] Bernini
Profession: Baroque Sculptor

Nationality:
Italy
Italian

Why Famous: Leading sculptor of his age, credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture. In addition, he painted, wrote plays, and designed metalwork and stage sets. He possessed the ability to depict dramatic narratives with characters showing intense psychological states, but also organise large-scale sculptural works which convey a magnificent grandeur.

His skill in manipulating marble ensured he was considered a worthy successor of Michelangelo, far outshining other sculptors of his generation

Born: December 7, 1598
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: November 28, 1680 (aged 81)

Events in the Life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini

  • 1633-02-22 St. Peter's Baldachin, the cathedral's sculptural centerpiece, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini is inaugurated by Pope Urban VIII in Rome
  • 1651-06-12 The newly completed Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini is unveiled in Rome

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