The most complete exposition of the artist’s sculptures returns after 20 years complemented by his paintings
The works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini will be on show at Galleria Borghese in Rome until February 4th. The gallery presents the exhibition curated by Andrea Bacchi and Anna Coliva, which includes the most complete collection of the artist’s amazing marble sculptures accompanied by his paintings – much less known, but equally breathtaking – and sketches.
Since the last exhibition dedicated to Bernini’s works, 20 years, Andrea Bacchi and Anna Coliva collaborated with the scholars that dedicated their time to study the Maestro.
Art historian Anna Coliva commented: “We have reopened the exhibition after 20 years to highlight further studies and new interpretations of the figure of the artist who, in addition to the sculptures, has also produced paintings and architectural works. The newness of the exhibition is the Bernini painter, all his paintings are collected next to the more famous sculptural production.”
In fact, besides the famous ‘Apollo and Daphne‘, or ‘The Rape of Proserpina‘, we can see paintings like his self-portraits, ‘Saint Sebastian‘, or the portraits of the Popes who commissioned his works. All these works on canvas contribute to compose an image of the artist’s personality, revealing an even more complex figure than it was believed to be until a few years ago.
Andrea Bacchi said: “The exhibition that was on show 20 years ago was more focused on Bernini’s artistic beginnings, now we want to expand the research and I think this is the most complete exhibition of its marbles.”
Ilona Catani Scarlett