Gian Lorenzo Bernini was an Italian artist who was perhaps the greatest sculptor of the 17th century and an outstanding architect as well. Bernini created the Baroque style of sculpture and developed it to such an extent that other artists are of only minor importance in a discussion of that style. He is one of my absolute favorites and I love this piece because he brings the marble to life.
Bernini, Pluto and Persephone, detail of the leg of Persephone, 1622-1625, (marble, ht.: 225 cm [8 ft]), Galleria Borghese, Rome.
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