Self-Portrait as a Mature Man is an oil on canvas painting by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a prominent Baroque artist known for his sculpture and architecture. The painting measures 53 x 42 cm and can be found in Room XIV of the Borghese Gallery in Rome, Italy. The painting depicts Bernini as a mature man sitting side-on to the viewer with a slightly turned face. The painting was likely created between 1630-35 during the Baroque era and is thought to be the left half of a Double Self-Portrait with Costanza Bonarelli.
The painting is an excellent example of Bernini’s compositional skills, colors, and overall technique. The pose of the mature Bernini is indicative of the subject’s complex personality and artistic learning experiences. The colors used in the painting are rich and dramatic, highlighting Bernini’s status as a mature artist. The painting’s themes include self-reflection, self-promotion, and Bernini’s dominant presence in the Baroque era.