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Bernini's baldachino - St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican City, Italy

Baldachino: An ornamental canopy over an altar, usually supported by columns, or a similar form over a tomb or throne.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680):  Italian artist and a prominent architect. He was the leading sculptor of his age, credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture.

TEXT Beneath Illustrations



Four bronze twisted Baroque  columns supporting baldachino.
Note mosaic spandrel in one of four pendentives supporting Michelangelo's cupola.



Bronze for the baldachino was "recycled" from the Pantheon.



Note monumental S scrolls ... Dentils ...  Roman composite (twisted) columns






Note mosaic spandrels in two of four pendentives supporting Michelangelo's cupola.



Roman composite (twisted) columns


Dove in bronze canopy





Except from
Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
By Robert Hughes
Vintage Books, 2012, pp. 284-286













Photos and their arrangement 2013 Chuck LaChiusa
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