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Gian Lorenzo Bernini
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    (December 7, 1598-November 28, 1680)
    Born in Naples, Italy
    Sometimes referred to as Giovanni Lorenzo or Gianlorenzo
    Baroque sculptor, painter, and architect
    Worked under the patronages of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, Pope Paul V, Pope Urban VIII, Cardinal Richelieu, Francesco I d'Este, Charles I of England, Henrietta Maria of France, among many others
    Sculptures include ‘Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius’ (1619), ‘Sleeping Hermaphroditus’ (1620), ‘The Rape of Proserpina’ (1622), ‘David’ (1624), ‘Apollo and Daphne’ (1625), and ‘Ecstasy of Saint Teresa’ (1652)
    Painted ‘Self-Portrait as a Young Man’ (c. 1623), ‘Portrait of pope Urban VIII’ (c. 1625), ‘Saint Andrew and Saint Thomas’ (c. 1627), ‘Self-Portrait as a Mature Man’ (1630-1635), ‘Portrait of a Boy’ (c. 1638), and ‘Christ Mocked’ (c. 1644-1645)
    Designed the Church of St. Thomas of Villanova (1661), Church of the Assunta (1664), and Sant'Andrea al Quirinale (1670)
    Died in Rome, Italy
    His wife was nineteen years younger than him.
    He fell in love with one of his students and a married woman whose bust he sculpted.
    He subsequently insulted her husband in public, causing Pope Urban VIII to arrange his marriage to prevent things from going haywire.
    He ticked off the French court by boasting the superiority of Italian art and architecture over French ones.
    He was the leading sculptor of his time, sculpting sixty-five sculptures and designing five fountains in his lifetime.
    Many of his sculptures have adorned Rome and the Vatican.
    His sculptures focused on the narrative tension of well-known stories, which was a break from past traditions.
    His friendliness enabled him to maintain solid relationships with his patrons.

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