Gian Lorenzo Bernini

1598 - 1680

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Gian Lorenzo (or Gianlorenzo) Bernini (, also US: , Italian: [ˈdʒan loˈrɛntso berˈniːni]; also Giovanni Lorenzo; 7 December 1598 – 28 November 1680) was an Italian sculptor and architect. While a major figure in the world of architecture, he was, also and even more prominently, the leading sculptor of his age, credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture. As one scholar has commented, "What Shakespeare is to drama, Bernini may be to sculpture: the first pan-European sculptor whose name is instantaneously identifiable with a particular manner and vision, and whose influence was inordinately powerful...." In addition, he was a painter (mostly small canvases in oil) and a man of the theater: he wrote, directed and acted in plays (mostly Carnival satires), for which he designed stage sets and theatrical machinery. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gian Lorenzo Bernini has received more than 1,684,702 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 4th most popular architect.

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Among architects, Gian Lorenzo Bernini ranks 4 out of 361Before him are Antoni Gaudí, Le Corbusier, and Mimar Sinan. After him are Vitruvius, Filippo Brunelleschi, Imhotep, Andrea Palladio, Donato Bramante, Albert Speer, Alvar Aalto, and Leon Battista Alberti.

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Among people born in 1598, Gian Lorenzo Bernini ranks 1After him are Francisco de Zurbarán, Bonaventura Cavalieri, François Mansart, Eleonora Gonzaga, Maarten Tromp, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Johann Crüger, Christian I, Count Palatine of Birkenfeld-Bischweiler, and Georg Stiernhielm. Among people deceased in 1680, Gian Lorenzo Bernini ranks 1After him are Shivaji, François de La Rochefoucauld, Athanasius Kircher, Nicolas Fouquet, Raimondo Montecuccoli, Emperor Go-Mizunoo, La Voisin, Willem Claesz. Heda, Jan Swammerdam, Samuel Butler, and Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Gian Lorenzo Bernini ranks 47 out of 3,282Before him are Florence Nightingale (1820), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Pope Paul VI (1897), Pope John Paul I (1912), Guglielmo Marconi (1874), and Pope Pius XII (1876). After him are Maria Montessori (1870), Fibonacci (1170), Vespasian (9), Umberto Eco (1932), Pope Clement VII (1478), and Benedict of Nursia (480).


Among architects born in Italy, Gian Lorenzo Bernini ranks 1After him are Vitruvius (-75), Filippo Brunelleschi (1377), Andrea Palladio (1508), Donato Bramante (1443), Leon Battista Alberti (1404), Renzo Piano (1937), Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507), Michelozzo (1396), Richard Rogers (1933), Aldo Rossi (1931), and Arnolfo di Cambio (1240).

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