Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pope Paul V

Sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini was only 23 years old when he was commissioned to carve a marble bust of Pope Paul V. Universally admired for his talent, he would later be appointed as the architect in charge of Saint Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican; gaining fame throughout Europe as one of the greatest artists of his time. Learn more about this masterpiece with Timothy Potts, Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Tuttle, Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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