This week in our section Masterpieces, we explore three key figures who played a central role in the Baroque development in the Eternal City: Cortona and Borromini in the previous part, and now, is the turn of Bernini.
These three artists introduced the change in the formal art of the time; sometimes they worked in parallel and they were friends, other times, ferocious enemies.
Gianlorenzo Bernini is the most famous of the three. Not only a master in architecture and sculpture, but also a painter, a playwright and actor in plays where he designed sets and theatrical machinery for.
Famous at his time as an architect and city planner, he is also the author of many buildings, churches, chapels and fountains that helped to shape the Baroque in Rome. During his long career, Bernini received many important commissions, many of which were associated with the papacy.
In his sculptures, he perfectly captured and transferred to the marble the climax of an action, infusing all his creations with the theatrical and perhaps melancholic sense of existence.