Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)

Bernini, Self Portrait, 1635.
 
 

Bernini's Early Sculpture

Bernini, David, 1623-1624.
Marble.  H = approx. 5' 7"
Galleria Borghese Museum, Rome.
Italian Baroque.


 
 
 
 

 

Bernini's Early Sculpture
  • 1619-1624
  • Cardinal Scipione Borghese
  • Decorate Villa Borghese

 

How does Bernini's Rendition of David Compare?


Donatello, David, 1440.
Style = 15th C. Italian Renaissance

Michelangelo, David,  1501-1504.
Style = 16th C. Italian Renaisance

Bernini, David, 1623-1624.
Style = Italian Baroque


 
 


Bernini, David, 1623-1624.  Marble.  H = approx. 5' 7"  Galleria Borghese Museum, Rome.  Italian Baroque.



 
 
 
 


Bernini, David, 1623-1624.

Bernini, Self Portrait, 1622.

 
 
 

Bernini, David, 1623-1624.
Italian Baroque.

Why is Bernini's David a good 
example of the Baroque style?
  • Action packed, full of movement
  • Twisted composition
  • Dramatic, dynamic

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Bernini, Pluto & Persephone, 1621-22. Marble.  H = approx. 9.5 ft.
Galleria Borghese Museum, Rome.  Italian Baroque.


 
 

Bernini, Detail of Pluto & Persephone, 1621-22. Italian Baroque.


 
 
Bernini, Apollo & Daphne, 1622-25.
Marble.  H = approx. 8 ft.
Galleria Borghese Museum, Rome. Italian Baroque.

 

Bernini, Details of Apollo & Daphne, 1622-25.
Italian Baroque.


 
 

Bernini's Cornaro Chapel


Bernini, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Cornaro Chapel, 1647-1652.
Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.  Italian Baroque.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Bernini, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Cornaro Chapel, 1647-1652. 

A Theatrical Experience

Bernini, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Cornaro Chapel, 1647-1652.
Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.  Italian Baroque.


 

 
 

Bernini, Cornaro Chapel, 1647-1652.


 
 

Bernini, Patrons of Cornaro Chapel, 1647-1652.


 

Bernini, Patrons of Cornaro Chapel, 1647-1652.


 
 
What makes this work Baroque?
  • Dynamic & dramatic--spiritual theater
  • Multimedia--complex & ornate

How does this work tie into the Counter-Reformation?

  • Create spiritual experience for the viewer
  • Inspire spiritual conversion
  • Tries to increase viewer's piety and devotion

Bernini, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa,Cornaro Chapel, 1647-1652. 
Rome. Italian Baroque.