Bernini again - self-portraits

'Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) painted a large number of self-portraits: he holds the record among Italian 17th-century artists, and in Europe is second only to Rembrandt.

At the age of twenty, the Neapolitan painter started to study facial expressions by observing the faces of the people around him as well as his own, which he carefully scrutinized at the mirror. Over the years, with growing eloquence, he captured and transformed into images the silent narrative of his profile, exploring every new detail added by the years.

George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul” – and Bernini’s self-portraits reflect something that exists in each one of us.'

Some of his self-portraits created between 1630-1665:

05-GianLorenzo-Bernini-Autoritratto-comeDavid-1630 05bis-GianLorenzo-Bernini-Autoritratto-1630ca 07-GianLorenzo-Bernini-Autoritratto-635 08-GianLorenzo-Bernini-Autoritratto-1635

09-GianLorenzo-Bernini-Autoritratto-1635a 10-GianLorenzo-Bernini-Autoritratto-1635b 11-GianLorenzo-Bernini-Autoritratto-1635c 13-GianLorenzo-Bernini-Autoritratto-1665

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