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Truth Unveiled by Time (1645-52) white marble cm. 280 | Gian Lorenzo Bernini

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Bernini designed a work that was to be a monument to his sculptural art, Truth Unveiled by Time. The figure of Time that was intended for the upper part of the composition was never be executed. This work was undertaken when Bernini was going through a difficult period at the papal court, because he was strongly accused by his adversaries of causing structural problems at St Peter's.
Bernini began preliminary work on Truth around 1645, at a critical time, after the death of Pope Urban VIII. By 1652, the figure was almost complete, but in 1665 Bernini again expressed his intention to add the figure of Time to the group. In his will Bernini bequeathed Truth, as an eternal warning, to his eldest son. The work remained in the Bernini home until 1924, when it was transferred to the Borghese Gallery and placed in Room VIII on a plinth slanting backwards (a stucco wedge had been added to the 19th century base).
Recent restoration work has restored the base to its horizontal position, which gives Truth its original more erect pose. The powerful figure of truth, which is reminiscent of Michelangelo's deliberate contrast between smooth and unfinished parts and of the elegant physical tension of Rubens' female figures, can be considered the quintessence of Baroque sculpture. It is certainly Gian Lorenzo Bernini's most personal statue.
La potente figura della Verità con riferimento a Michelangelo per il voluto contrasto tra parti levigatissime e parti incompiute e per l'affinità alla sciolta tensione nella fisicità delle figure femminili di Rubens può essere considerata la quintessenza della scultura barocca. Certamente è la scultura più personale di Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Bernini Scultore. La Nascita del Barocco in Casa Borghese
B. Coliva - S. Schütze
Brossura, 21x29 cm, pp. 476, 94 ill col. e 242 b/n.
€ 25,00

Il catalogo è dedicato alla grande mostra che ha documentato presso la Galleria Borghese gli esordi giovanili del grande artista.
Guide to the Galleria Borghese
K. H. Fiore
Paperback, 16,5x23 cm, pp. 128, 141 col. ill.
€ 14,00

The volume introduces Cardinal Scipione Borghese's outstanding collection of art. The works exhibited in this fine 17th-century building include paintings and sculptures from the 15th to 18th century (Raphael, Correggio and Caravaggio), sculptures (Bernini), bas-reliefs and mosaics.
The Sculptor Bernini. The Birth of the Baroque in the House of the Borghese
A. Coliva
Stapled book, 15x21 cm, pp. 32, 40 col. and b/w ill.
€ 5,00

This book is a pocket edition of the exhibition catalogue for the "Birth of the Baroque in the House of the Borghese" marking the 400th anniversary of the birth of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and alternates between loans and permanent exhibits.
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