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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,

Ottavio Leoni
“Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini” 1622
Burin and drypoint on paper
Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia

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