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Gian Lorenzo Bernini 1598: Gian Lorenzo Bernini
7.12.1598: Gian Lorenzo Bernini (†28.11.1680)
Italian sculptor, architect and painter. Trained by his father Pietro Bernini in Naples, he was the most important European sculptor apart from Michaelangelo. Bernini moved to Rome where he strongly influenced the city's baroque architecture and sculptures. In 1629 he became the head architect in St. Peter's and in 1665 he designed the reconstruction of the Louvre in Paris. His masterpieces include the canopy above the alter in St. Peter's Basilica, the fountain on the Piazza Navona and the colonnades on St. Peter's square.
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