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Meanwhile straight ahead is a sculpted bust, the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, whose handiwork virtually defines 17C Rome--indeed, perhaps defines Rome as a whole.
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But what a curious fate it is for such an unattractive man, the Pope--a world master at the art of private enrichment--to be so memorialized by two of the greatest artists of his or any other age.
BTW just across town you can pick up the thread of another diverting synchronicity.. In the Church of Saint Louis of France, you find the one painting which I would think out of all the world to be most worth saving: Caravaggio's Calling of St. Matthew. Meanwhile in London--I take it for granted that they lived and died without hearing each others' name--Shakespeare would have been completing the world's greatest play.
Not a bad year for the arts. But for context, one may wish to remember that on February 17 of that same year, in Campo de' Fiori, just blocks from the Gallery and the church, the heretic (by fiat of the Roman Inquisition) Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake.