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Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)

A self-portrait c. 1675-80

RCIN 905539

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Bernini was the leading sculptor and architect of the Roman Baroque, but he also executed a number of drawn and painted portraits. In this self-portrait, the ageing artist has investigated his own features with great honesty, revealing his deeply furrowed brow, hollow cheeks and sagging eyelids.