We fell in love with Bernini’s sculpture in Rome.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini is considered the founder of Baroque art.
Bernini designed and created the Chair of Saint Peter, also known as the Throne of Saint Peter, AND St. Peter’s Baldachin, a large Baroque sculpted bronze canopy, technically called a ciborium or baldachin, over the high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica.
We got to witness The Pope give Christmas morning Mass and saw the Chair and Baldachin up close!
We got to quickly explore the area near the altar after the Pope and Cardinals left the floor of St. Peter’s Basilica to prepare for the Christmas Benediction from the balcony.
Bernini also designed the piazza and colonnade in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. Also, at the Vatican, he is responsible for the Scala Regia (1663–66), the monumental grand stairway entrance to the Vatican Palace, along with the Cathedra Petri, the Chair of Saint Peter, in the apse of St. Peter’s, and the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in the nave.
The Turtle Fountain in the Jewish district is a favorite with Tori, love of all turtles and tortoises!
Fountain of the Moor in Piazza Navona
Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona
Fountain of the Old Boat by Pietro Bernini, father of Gian. This is near the Spanish Steps.
We visited the Borghese Gallery in Rome, which houses so many Bernini sculptures:
I have to say that I really, really, really love Bernini’s David.
Hades and Persephone are so lifelike. The fingers pressing into her thigh!
Apollo and Daphne. Her fingers are turning into leaves.
We also saw the statue of Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius from the Aeneid and the unfinished Truth Unveiled by Time. Spectacular.
Bernini’s family tomb is in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
We’re on our way to see more Bernini sculpture at The Louvre and Versailles. Stay tuned for photos. Follow us on Instagram!
The Sleeping Hermaphroditus in The Louvre:
The Bust of Louis XIV in the Salon of Diana at Versailles:
We carved our own statues from soap!
It was really hard. Tori and Alex just made reliefs. Katie cut out a PokeBall. We can imagine how difficult sculpting from marble must be.
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