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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Self-portrait

Overview

Creator: Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) (artist)
Creation Date: 
c.1665-70
Materials: 
Black and white chalk on buff paper
Dimensions: 
41.3 x 27.1 cm
RCIN 
905539
Reference(s): 
B(R) 54
RL 5539
Acquirer: George III, King of the United Kingdom (1738-1820)
Provenance: 
Probably acquired by George III in 1762 as part of the collection of Cardinal Alessandro Albani; first recorded in a Royal Collection inventory of c.1810 (Inv. A, p. 114: 'Portraits')
Description:

A self-portrait drawing of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini. The drawing shows the head and shoulders, facing three-quarters to the right.

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.

Further details

Category: 
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours