Gian Lorenzo Bernini was an artist and architect working mainly in Rome from 1615 to about 1676. When he was just 8 years old he was brought before the Pope to showcase his talents, and was quickly recognized for his outstanding artistic abilities. He was the first to bring physical intensity to sculpture. He really did breath life into marble.
The dimpling of flesh on Proserpine's leg as she tries to escape from Pluto's grasp is unbelievable. This is marble!
|Close up of The Rape of Proserpine|
Lastly I'm showing what I will described as transcendence on the face of the funerary monument made for Ludovicia Albertoni. Some art historians have speculated it may be more in line with the passionate look of ecstasy. I'll let you decide for yourselves. This funerary monument was one of the last sculptures Bernini made.
|Detail of The Blessed Ludovicia Albertoni|
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