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Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Cathedra Petri (Chair of St. Peter)
Did Peter sit here? Dizzying but unified, light and gold glorify this sacred place.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa
Gasp! Stone floats and light pours down from—where, exactly? Bernini creates a theatre for spiritual experience.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Baldacchino, Saint Peter’s
Over 60 feet tall, this daunting bronze canopy is part architecture, part sculpture—and part beehive.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, David
Duck! This slingshot may never fire, but Bernini fools us. We can feel David gathering strength to battle Goliath.