The Art of Bernini
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The Art of Bernini

Get inspired by the art of the great Baroque artist from Rome, Gian Lorenzo Bernini
4.7 (24 ratings)
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Created by Paul Den Arend
Last updated 12/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the art of Bernini
  • Know most of the amazing art Bernini created
  • Have an understanding of the Roman Baroque
  • Understand the time Bernini lived in
  • Know what to look for when looking at baroque art
  • Visit Rome well prepared
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  • You don't need anything for this course, just eyes and ears.

This course will teach you the art of the great Gian Lorenzo Bernini. I believe it is very important for your own creativity to submerge yourself in the art of one of the great artists of all time. Bernini's art is closely linked to the city of Rome. In this course you will see all the great artworks Bernini created and get to know more about these works. You will learn something about Bernini himself and the time he lived in. And last but not least, you will get to know the city of Rome a bit better, through the art of this amazing Italian artist.

You don't need to know anything about history or art when you follow this course. Just enjoy looking at these amazing artworks and be inspired!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anybody who would like to know a bit more about Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the Roman Baroque. You don't have to know anything about history or art to follow this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
2 Lectures 05:31

In this lecture I give an introduction to the course and Bernini himself.

Preview 03:50

In this lecture I talk about Bernini as a Universal Man.

Preview 01:41
5 Lectures 18:55

Here we will look at one of the most amazing statues of Bernini: Pluto and Proserpina.

Preview 03:43

In this lecture you will learn about the style that was in fashion when Bernini was a young artist.

Preview 06:18

Here you will see some of the early statues Bernini created, like the statue of Aeneas and a little statue of Zeus with the goat Amalthea.


The David by Bernini is not as famous as Michelangelo's David, but equally impressive. Here, I make a comparison between the two Davids, to understand the difference in style between Michelangelo and Bernini.


Apollo and Daphne is another statue that highlights the immense skill of Bernini. Here, we look at it and learn about the myth that inspired this work.

Apollo and Daphne
Working for the Pope
5 Lectures 38:21

Maffeo Barberini was very influential in Bernini's life. He was elected Pope, took the name of Urban VIII and started sponsoring Bernini.

Maffeo Barberini

The Baldacchino is the structure above the main altar in Saint Peter's Basilica. Here we see how it was made and where Bernini got all this bronze.

The Baldacchino

In this lecture, I explain a bit more about the Baroque style, a style that Bernini helped define.

The Baroque

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa is one of the highlights of Bernini's works. In this lecture you will learn about the statue and also about the life of this remarkable Saint.

Ecstasy of Saint Teresa

Saint Longinus was the Roman soldier, who pierced the side of Christ on the cross. In this lecture, you will learn why he became a saint and look at the statue Bernini created of him in Saint Peter's.

Out of favor
2 Lectures 06:18

When Pope Innocent X was elected, Bernini fell out of favor.

Innocent X

In this lecture we see how Bernini managed to convince the Pope to hire him anyway to create the main fountain on Piazza Navona.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
New Chances
4 Lectures 16:40
Saint Peter's Square

The statue of Constantine is often overlooked by visitors to Saint Peter's. It is a pity, because it is amazing. You will also learn a bit about Emperor Constantine and why he is so important.


The Cathedra Petri is the seat of Saint Peter. Bernini got the important commission to decorate this chair. In this lecture, we look at the artwork around the chair and also make a comparison with a fresco from the Gesù church in Rome.

Cathedra Petri

This tomb is located in Saint Peter's and shows Bernini's smart design skills.

Tomb of Pope Alexander VII
Final Years
3 Lectures 07:30

The decoration of the Ponte Sant'Angelo was one of the last major works Bernini completed. In this lecture we will look at the angels Bernini and his assistants created and I will also explain a bit about the curious building that stands next to the bridge, the Castel Sant'Angelo.

Ponte Sant'Angelo

This statue is not very well known, but I believe it shows that Bernini never lost his skills, even when he was very old.

Blessed Lodovica Albertoni

Some final thoughts about the art of Bernini.

About the Instructor
Paul Den Arend
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692 Students
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Art history guide/Musician

Paul den Arend grew up in the Netherlands and has been travelling for most of his adult life. He studied art history in Salamanca, Spain, wrote reports for the Dutch Embassy in Santiago de Chile and studied Chinese in China. In between, he has been working as a tour guide. For many years he lived in Rome, Italy and guided groups of all backgrounds through the city. He has been a guide in the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter's and the Galleria Borghese, but he also loves to show groups around Sicily or Tuscany.