Bernini: Sculpting in Clay


Terracotta models preserve the first traces of the great Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini's fervid imagination, which produced some of the most spectacular statuary in Rome.


Bernini is now probably best known for his spectacular fountains, woven throughout Rome’s urban fabric.

Saints and Chapels

Bernini infused his religious statuary with palpable emotion, re-creating the mystical ecstasies of saints with a creative fervor both powerful and provocative.

Working in Saint Peter's Basilica

Bernini undertook many projects for Saint Peter's Basilica, including the colossal statue of Saint Longinus, the Cathedra Petri—a mammoth bronze throne—and the monumental Altar of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Ponte Sant'Angelo

Bernini's last great urban design was the restoration of the Ponte Sant'Angelo. He added a new archway to the bridge and envisaged ten over-life-size angels, each carrying a symbol of the Passion.