Gian Lorenzo Bernini

1598 - 1680

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Gian Lorenzo (or Gianlorenzo) Bernini (UK: , US: , Italian: [ˈdʒan loˈrɛntso berˈniːni]; Italian 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 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 1,995,391 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Gian Lorenzo Bernini is the 3rd most popular architect (up from 4th in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Italy (up from 47th in 2019) and the most popular Italian Architect.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was an Italian sculptor and architect. He is most famous for his sculptures.

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Among architects, Gian Lorenzo Bernini ranks 3 out of 424Before him are Antoni Gaudí and Le Corbusier. After him are Mimar Sinan, Vitruvius, Imhotep, Filippo Brunelleschi, Andrea Palladio, Donato Bramante, Albert Speer, Leon Battista Alberti, and Walter Gropius.

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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, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Maarten Tromp, Christian I, Count Palatine of Birkenfeld-Bischweiler, Johann Crüger, William, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Georg Stiernhielm, and Chen Hongshou. Among people deceased in 1680, Gian Lorenzo Bernini ranks 1After him are Shivaji, François de La Rochefoucauld, Athanasius Kircher, Nicolas Fouquet, Raimondo Montecuccoli, Willem Claesz. Heda, Jan Swammerdam, La Voisin, Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine, John George II, Elector of Saxony, and John Eudes.

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Among people born in Italy, Gian Lorenzo Bernini ranks 46 out of 4,088Before him are Florence Nightingale (1820), Pope John Paul I (1912), Catherine de' Medici (1519), Pope Pius XII (1876), Giacomo Puccini (1858), and Mark Antony (-83). After him are Gioachino Rossini (1792), Marcus Licinius Crassus (-115), Maria Montessori (1870), Vespasian (9), Pope Gregory I (540), and Parmenides (-501).


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), Giacomo della Porta (1533), Richard Rogers (1933), and Aldo Rossi (1931).