This engraving is the earliest verified and reliable depiction of Bernini, first appearing as the frontispiece for a biography about him. In this work, the young artist wears the Portuguese Order of the Cross of Christ, a coveted decoration conferred on him by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. Unlike later depictions, he is portrayed with short hair.
“Bernini and the Roman Baroque: Masterpieces from Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia” is organized by Glocal Project Consulting and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.
“Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini” 1622
Burin and drypoint on paper
Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia