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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:06

The Getty Acquires a Rare Baroque Sculpture by Bernini

The J. Paul Getty Museum. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Flickr

The J. Paul Getty Museum has just acquired an important early sculpture by the Baroque master Bernini: a marble bust of Pope Paul V that many art historians did not believe still existed.

Originally commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V, in 1621, the sculpture was the 23-year-old artist’s first documented portrait of a pope — a subject that would define his career.

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