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!
Here we will look at one of the most amazing statues of Bernini: Pluto and Proserpina.
In this lecture you will learn about the style that was in fashion when Bernini was a young artist.
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.
Maffeo Barberini was very influential in Bernini's life. He was elected Pope, took the name of Urban VIII and started sponsoring Bernini.
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.
In this lecture, I explain a bit more about the Baroque style, a style that Bernini helped define.
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.
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.
When Pope Innocent X was elected, Bernini fell out of favor.
In this lecture we see how Bernini managed to convince the Pope to hire him anyway to create the main fountain on Piazza Navona.
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.
This tomb is located in Saint Peter's and shows Bernini's smart design skills.
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.
This statue is not very well known, but I believe it shows that Bernini never lost his skills, even when he was very old.
Some final thoughts about the art of Bernini.
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.