Although Bernini was born in Naples in 1598, fate would have it that at only six years old he moved with his father, the sculptor Pietro Bernini, to Rome when the city was in full artistic ferment. It would be here where the young genius would develop his entire career. Described as “the architect of God”, many saw in him the Michelangelo of the moment.
Bernini’s works at the Borghese Gallery
From the first moment, the artist showed an exceptional gift and had the approval and protection of the Vatican. At just 20 years old, he was commissioned by Cardinal Borghese to create four sculptural groups decorate your villa. We can admire them in the same place for which they were conceived: the Borghese Gallery.
These works of mythological or biblical themes, Aeneas, Anchises and Ascanius, the spectacular Rape of Proserpina, the David Y Apollo and Daphne, show the virtue and style of Bernini. A style full of drama, of naturalness.
In this Gallery you can also see other sculptures by Bernini, such as The Amalthea Goat either The truth. An opportunity to surround yourself with your expertise.
When he walked through the city, everyone looked at him. His bearing was majestic. When she wanted something, she got it just by looking.
Bernini’s presence in St. Peter’s Basilica
Some of the masterpieces of this artist can be found on our visit to the Vatican, more specifically to Saint Peter’s Basilica. With the favor of Pope Urban VIII, Bernini will be chosen to erect an imposing bronze canopy on the altar of the basilica.
It is a construction that highlights the excellence of the Baroque, with Solomonic columns as witnesses. He enlisted the help of Borromini, with whom he had a fervent rivalry.
But before marveling at this magnificent work inside, we will have surprised ourselves in Saint Peter’s square with the colonnade who welcomes visitors with a big hug. It represents the golden age of Bernini, creating an optical illusion of great dimensions.
Nor can we leave San Pedro without admiring the tombs of Urban VIII and Alexander VI or the sculpture of Saint Longinus. All of them were created by Bernini’s chisel.
His creations in Roman squares
Other spaces where we can follow in the footsteps of the baroque sculptor are the squares of the Eternal City. An example is found in Piazza della Minerva. There Bernini made the pedestal to support one of the obelisks that are distributed throughout the city: a peculiar design of an elephant, a symbol of wisdom, the Obelisco della Minerva.
Who would leave Rome without strolling through Piazza Navona? Of the three sources located here, the one that first catches our attention is the source of the Four Rivers. This is one of the most exquisite creations that come from the mind of Bernini. Without a doubt, it leaves no one indifferent.
And, if you find yourself near the Trevi Fountain, be sure to go to Piazza Barberini. In her you can know the singular source of the Triton. A set that the baroque artist executed in 1643.
Other unmissable works by Bernini
You cannot leave this beautiful city without visiting the Cornaro Chapel, in the church of Santa María de la Victoria. It is one of the works where the Italian author integrates all the arts in the same composition.
In her unfolds all the theatricality and creativity with which Bernini is impregnated. It culminates with the main sculptural group, the splendid Ecstasy of Saint Teresa.
Among other recommendations, worth mentioning the Chigi Chapel, in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo. In this place Bernini completes the work begun by Raphael Sanzio.
Equally, The church of San Andrés del Quirinal is a must. In it, the artist designs an amazing architecture that plays with the lights and where its characteristic elliptical plan is manifested.
These are just some samples of the excellence that the baroque artist par excellence represents. An artist who did not hesitate to take his projects further to make them come true and who are still more present today than ever with Rome as a backdrop.