Gian Lorenzo Bernini, ‘Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children’, ca. 1616–1617, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children, ca. 1616–1617

Marble
52 1/8 × 29 × 18 7/8 in
132.4 × 73.7 × 47.9 cm
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Purchase, The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, Fletcher, Rogers, and Louis V. Bell Funds, and Gift of J. Pierpont …
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.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, ‘Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children’, ca. 1616–1617, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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About the work
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Purchase, The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, Fletcher, Rogers, and Louis V. Bell Funds, and Gift of J. Pierpont …
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.

Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children, ca. 1616–1617

Marble
52 1/8 × 29 × 18 7/8 in
132.4 × 73.7 × 47.9 cm
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