Bernini, Pluto and Proserpina, c1621
To create such a sculpture, Gian Lorenzo Bernini must have been a passionate man. A passionate man with fire in his soul. He was twenty-three when he carved this sculpture. Twenty-three. I repeat, twenty-three!… the mind boggles.
Epic drama, heart-wrenching emotion, human tragedy, intensity, exquisite detail, convincing realism. It’s all there.
Sculptor, Architect, Painter, Playwright and Scenographer. And showman. He has been described as pleasing, sweet and interestingly ambigious. And the greatest of all Baroque sculptors.
…And his secret to success… (drumroll)
Three things are needed for success in painting and sculpture: to see beauty when young and accustom oneself to it, to work hard, and to obtain good advice.
(H this is for you and in honour of all the time you spent in front of this sculpture in awe and admiration. Bella Roma, summer of 2011)