Bust of Scipione Borghese (1632) by Gianlorenzo Bernini

Bust of Scipione Borghese - Gian Lorenzo Bernini - 1630

Artwork Information

TitleBust of Scipione Borghese
ArtistGian Lorenzo Bernini
Dimensions(78 cm)
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationGalleria Borghese, Rome

About Bust of Scipione Borghese

The artwork in question is the “Bust of Scipione Borghese,” an exquisite marble sculpture executed by the renowned artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1630. This piece is a prime example of the Baroque art movement and is characterized by its dynamic realism and attention to detail. Standing at approximately 78 cm tall, this sculpture is housed in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, where it remains an emblematic representation of Baroque portraiture.

The artwork captures the visage of Scipione Borghese, who appears to be a figure of authority and distinction, evident from his attire and the mitre that adorns his head, indicative of his ecclesiastical status. Bernini’s masterful handling of marble is apparent in the delicate rendering of textures, from the soft folds of the fabric that seem to drape effortlessly around the subject’s form, to the lifelike depiction of his facial features, which convey a strong sense of character and poise. The interplay of light and shadow on the surface enhances the three-dimensional effect, imbuing the sculpture with a sense of vitality that is characteristic of Bernini’s style and the Baroque period’s artistic ideals.

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