Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)
A self-portrait c.1665-70
Black and white chalk on buff paper | RCIN 905539
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.
ProvenanceProbably 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')
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A self-portrait of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini