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Gian Lorenzo Bernini Roman Baroque sculptor, architect, painter, playwright and stage designer

born in Naples (1598) and died in Rome (1680), aged 82

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Tomb

Abduction of Proserpina see all

Apollo and Daphne see all

Crucifixion see all

David and Goliath see all

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1598 in Naples

December 7

December 7

1605 aged 7 in Rome and Naples

The family of Gian Lorenzo Bernini leaves Naples and moves to Rome.

1606 aged 8

According to Filippo Baldinucci, an eight-year-old Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a "small marble head of a child that was the marvel of everyone".

Source: Vita del Cavalier Gio. Lorenzo Bernini, p. 24

1613 aged 15

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Bust of Giovanni Battista Santoni over the course of three years until 1616.

1616 aged 18

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called A Faun Teased by Children for a year.

1617 aged 19

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Saint Sebastian for a year.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Bust of Giovanni Vigevano for a year.

1618 aged 20

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Bust of Pope Paul V .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius for a year.

1619 aged 21

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Damned Soul .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Blessed Soul .

1620 aged 22

Gian Lorenzo Bernini WORKED_ON a sculpture of Borghese Hermaphroditus.

1621 aged 23

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Barberini Fawn for a year.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Bust of Pope Gregory XV .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called The Rape of Proserpina for a year.

1622 aged 24

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Bust of Antonio Cepparelli .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Apollo and Daphne over the course of three years until 1625.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a fountain called Neptune and Triton for a year.

1623 aged 25

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called David for a year.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called The Baldacchino for a year.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates an oil painting called Self Portrait .

1624 aged 26 in Rome

Gian Lorenzo Bernini becomes acquainted with a architect called Francesco Borromini.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a fountain called Fontana del Tritone over the course of nineteen years until 1643.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Saint Bibiana over the course of two years until 1626.

1625 aged 27

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates an oil painting called David with the Head of Goliath .

1626 aged 28

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Bust of Francesco Barberini .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Two Angels in Sant'Agostino over the course of two years until 1628.

1627 aged 29

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates an oil painting called Saint Andrew and Saint Thomas .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Charity with Four Children for a year.

1629 aged 31

Giuliano Finelli is active in Bernini's studio for a few years, but breaks with Bernini in 1629, when he feels slighted by the awarding of the choice commission of a Saint Helena statue for the crossing of Saint Peters Basilica to Andrea Bolgi.

1630 aged 32

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Medusa .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a terracotta sculpture called Study for Saint Longinus for a year.

1631 aged 33

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Saint Longinus over the course of seven years until 1638.

1632 aged 34

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates an oil painting called Pope Urban VIII .

1633 aged 35

Gian Lorenzo Bernini finishes work on the The Baldacchino.

1635 aged 37

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates an oil painting called Self Portrait .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates an oil painting called Self Portrait as a Mature Man .

1636 aged 38

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Bust of Costanza Bonarelli for a year.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a pen and ink drawing called Sketch of the Facade of St. Peter some time between now and 1641.

1638 aged 40

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Bust of Thomas Baker .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates an oil painting called Portrait of a Boy .

1640 aged 42

Gian Lorenzo Bernini finishes construction of the balconies required above the large niches in the pillars of Saint Peters Basilica for the exhibition on special occasions of the most venerated relics in the church.

1644 aged 46

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on an oil painting called Christ Mocked over the course of eleven years until 1655.

1645 aged 47

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Truth Unveiled by Time over the course of seven years until 1652.

1647 aged 49

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Cathedra Petri over the course of six years until 1653.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a bas-relief called Memorial to Maria Raggi .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a chapel called Cornaro Chapel over the course of five years until 1652.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a bas-relief called Loggia of the Founders over the course of five years until 1652.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa over the course of five years until 1652.

1648 aged 50

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a fountain called The Four Rivers Fountain over the course of three years until 1651.

1649 aged 51

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a bas-relief called Pasce Oves Meas .

1650 aged 52

1654 aged 56

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a terracotta sculpture called Model for Daniel and the Lion for a year.

1655 aged 57

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a terracotta sculpture called Model for Habbakuk and the Angel .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a bronze sculpture called The Crucified Christ (Corpus) .

1657 aged 59

Gian Lorenzo Bernini erects the Cathedra Petri in the apse of Saint Peters.

1661 aged 63

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Mary Magdalene over the course of two years until 1663.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Saint Jerome over the course of two years until 1663.

1663 aged 65

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Emperor Constantine over the course of seven years until 1670.

1665 aged 67

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Equestrian Statue of King Louis XIV over the course of nineteen years until 1684.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Bust of Louis XIV .

1667 aged 69

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Angel with Crown of Thorns .

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a terracotta sculpture called Standing Angel with Scroll for a year.

1668 aged 70

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Gabriele Fonesca over the course of seven years until 1675.

1669 aged 71

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a terracotta sculpture called Model for the Equestrian Statue of King Louis XIV of France for a year.

1671 aged 73

Gian Lorenzo Bernini starts work on the clay models for the Tomb of Pope Alexander VII.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a tomb called Tomb of Pope Alexander VII over the course of seven years until 1678.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Truth from the Tomb of Pope Alexander VII over the course of seven years until 1678.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini works on a sculpture called Blessed Ludovica Albertoni over the course of three years until 1674.

1672 aged 74

April 9

Gian Lorenzo Bernini receives the last payment for the Tomb of Pope Alexander VII.

July 23

Gian Lorenzo Bernini has drawings sent out to the quarry specifying the size of the marble blocks for the Tomb of Pope Alexander VII.

October 7

Gian Lorenzo Bernini begins working on a design and model of the Tomb of Pope Alexander VII and is paid one thousand scudi for the start of his work.

1676 aged 78

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Statue of Pope Clement X .

1678 aged 80

Bernini's last commissioned work, the Tomb of Pope Alexander VII, is unveiled.

1680 aged 82 in Rome

Gian Lorenzo Bernini creates a sculpture called Salvator Mundi .

November 28

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