A famous Italian sculptor and architect of the 17th century . Gian Lorenzo Bernini attributed the Baroque style to sculpture . A scholar described him as "the first pan-European sculptor whose name can be immediately identified with a particular manner and vision and whose influence was exceedingly strong." The Bernini sculpture is actually celebrated for its notable execution and its dramatic and eloquent vocabulary.
Bernini's career, which began as a prodigy at age eight, began under his father Pietro Bernini a Florentine sculptor of a talent to which he later transferred to Rome. His art flourished under the patronage of his Cardinals and Popes and dominated the Roman art world of that time.
Bernini's Sculptures challenged contemporary artistic traditions revealing an innovative interpretation of themes, the use of forms, and the combination of media. He was praised for his remarkable ability to portray dramatic narratives with characters that display intense psychological states, as well as large-scale sculptural works that radiate a grandeur. His engineering skills in marble carving were also exquisite, making him a worthy successor to Michelangelo. He is also known for having used Light as an important theatrical and metaphorical device in his religious settings, relying on concealed light sources that could enhance the dramatic moment of a sculptural narrative.
By the end of Bernini's life, began a determined reaction against his brand of extravagant Baroque . The decline of its popularity towered over only after his death and persisted well into the 20th century. However, Bernini's works were restored with enthusiasm in the 21
Let's take a look at some of the most famous works of this 17th century master.
Selected Image: Gian Lorenzo Bernini – Apollo and Daphne (detail), 1622-25. All images Wikimedia Commons.