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