Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Maffeo Barberini, Pope Urban VIII

c. 1632
Bernini's friendship with Pope Urban VIII, who ruled from 1623 to 1644, undoubtedly explains the portrait's extraordinary presence. The pontiff's pensive and wise expression, his dignified bearing, the slight angle of his head, and the realistic detail in the clothing, all give an impression of life momentarily suspended.
Title
Maffeo Barberini, Pope Urban VIII
Date
c. 1632
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
marble
Dimensions
94.7 x 68.8 x 34.3 cm with base
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1974
Accession number
18086