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By his own estimation, but also in the opinion of many of his most culturally informed contemporaries, Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the greatest artist of the 17th century. He was also the last in a long line of “dazzling universal geniuses who had made Italy the artistic and intellectual center of Europe for more than three hundred years” (Howard Hibbard).

Known primarily as a sculptor and architect, Bernini was also famous for his painting, stagecraft, and ceremonial decorations. More than a guide to individual works, examines the artist’s achievements through the lens of his larger cultural context: Rome, artistic rivalry, and a resurgent Catholic Church.

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