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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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Pietro Bernini Italian Mannerist sculptor

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Francesco Borromini Italian Baroque architect

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Pietro Bernini Italian Mannerist sculptor

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Luigi Bernini sculptor

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Husband of Constanza Bonarelli Italian sculptor and man

Andrea Bolgi Italian Baroque sculptor

Giuliano Finelli (1601-1653) Italian Baroque sculptor

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Pietro Bernini Italian Mannerist sculptor

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Domenico Bernini Roman historian and writer

1598

December 7

on Monday

Gian Lorenzo Bernini is born in Naples.

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.
Sunrise in Naples was at 5:48 AM and sunset was at 5:55 PM.

1605

6 years, 27 days later

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

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1606

1 year later

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".

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1624

18 years, 4 days later

Gian Lorenzo Bernini begins work on the The Baldacchino of Saint Peters Basilica in Rome.

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1629

5 years, 2 days later

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.

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1633

4 years, 1 day later

Gian Lorenzo Bernini finishes work on the The Baldacchino.

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1640

7 years, 1 day later

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.

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1657

17 years, 5 days later

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

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1671

14 years, 3 days later

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

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1672

April 9

on Saturday

1 year, 3 months, 9 days later

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

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.

1672

July 23

on Saturday

3 months, 15 days later

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

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The moon was a new moon that night.

1672

October 7

on Friday

2 months, 16 days later

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.

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The moon was a full moon that night.

1678

5 years, 2 months, 27 days later

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

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1713

35 years, 8 days later

Domenico Bernini publishes a biography on his father, "Vita del Cavalier Gio. Lorenzo Bernini" in Rome.

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