Bernini's Sculptures

No artist defined 17th-century Rome more than Gian Lorenzo Bernini did, working under nine popes and leaving an indelible mark on the Eternal City.

 self portrait. 

self portrait. 

 just one of the twenty rooms filled with art and sculptures. And not too many visitors. 

just one of the twenty rooms filled with art and sculptures. And not too many visitors. 

 Bernini's task was fill every room to “stimulate the imagination,” the artist crafted four monumental groups for the villa in the early 1620s — including the spectacular “Pluto and Persephone” and “Apollo and Daphne” — which demonstrate his skill at overcoming the limitations of his material, carving marble as if it were dough.

 Zeus 

Zeus 

 Daphne 

Daphne 

 and the ceiling in the room with her sculpture. 

and the ceiling in the room with her sculpture. 

 cherubs over a doorway. 

cherubs over a doorway. 

 great facial expression on this fellow. 

great facial expression on this fellow. 



 bernini often used contrasting marbles for his bust sculptures 

bernini often used contrasting marbles for his bust sculptures 

The marble portraits in this massive collection cover a 60-year period during which Bernini depicted a marmoreal “Who’s Who” of Rome. 

Bernini’s fame in his lifetime and beyond — “Bernini is synonymous with the Baroque and the Baroque with Bernini,” Mr. Bacchi said — has made him a much-studied figure.

 the ceilings, to me were more magnificent than in the Sistine chapel. Yikes!  Hope I don't get into trouble for saying that. 

the ceilings, to me were more magnificent than in the Sistine chapel. Yikes!  Hope I don't get into trouble for saying that. 

As happened with many of the villas in Italy, the family fell on hard times and left their villa and collection to the public. 
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 my bodyguard while in Rome!

my bodyguard while in Rome!

 this marble inlay work is in a table, the floor in most rooms is just as spectacular. 

this marble inlay work is in a table, the floor in most rooms is just as spectacular. 

PS. Look up the story of Daphne if you are not already familiar with it. ❣️❣️