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Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Italian, 1598–1680

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Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Italian, 1598–1680

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Gian Lorenzo Bernini played an instrumental role in establishing the dramatic, writhing visual vocabulary of the Baroque style. Dominating the Roman art world of the 17th century, Bernini enjoyed the patronage of its cardinals and popes while overturning the artistic traditions of classical sculptors such as Michelangelo. Known for synthesizing the visual vocabularies of different media, Bernini’s diverse interests included painting, playwriting, designing metalwork, and constructing stage sets. One of his most well known masterpieces, The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (1647–52), presents a mystical figure overwhelmed by a miraculous vision—the fusion of architecture, painting, and sculpture reflecting Bernini's experience as a stage designer. Later, when the Baroque style was overtaken by the austerity of neoclassicism, Bernini’s work fell from favor.

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Biography

Gian Lorenzo Bernini played an instrumental role in establishing the dramatic, writhing visual vocabulary of the Baroque style. Dominating the Roman art world of the 17th century, Bernini enjoyed the patronage of its cardinals and popes while overturning the artistic traditions of classical sculptors such as Michelangelo. Known for synthesizing the visual vocabularies of different media, Bernini’s diverse interests included painting, playwriting, designing metalwork, and constructing stage sets. One of his most well known masterpieces, The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (1647–52), presents a mystical figure overwhelmed by a miraculous vision—the fusion of architecture, painting, and sculpture reflecting Bernini's experience as a stage designer. Later, when the Baroque style was overtaken by the austerity of neoclassicism, Bernini’s work fell from favor.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian
Articles Featuring Gian Lorenzo Bernini
The Many Faces of Ecstasy in Art
Jul 18th, 2019
The Many Faces of Ecstasy in Art
The Catholic Cardinal Who Bankrolled Bernini’s Sensual Sculptures
Dec 25th, 2017
The Catholic Cardinal Who Bankrolled Bernini’s Sensual Sculptures
How Bernini Captured the Power of Human Sexuality in Stone
Apr 13th, 2017
How Bernini Captured the Power of Human Sexuality in Stone
The Baroque Period
Jan 6th, 2016
The Baroque Period
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