Bernini’s drawings returned to Rome for an exhibition after 300 years

Article published by l’Italo Americano on March 15th, 2015 by l’Italo Americano staff :

Photo: l’Italo Americano – One of Bernini’s drawings (Photo credits: Ansa)

The Swedish Queen Christina’s fund of invaluable Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s drawings has returned to Rome after a 300 years.

Almost 120 works dating back to Roman and European Baroque time will be at Palazzo Barberini until May 24, showing Bernini’s career. The drawings has long been held in the Museum der bildenden Kunste in the German city, where volumes containing the drawings of Bernini, Salvator Rosa and other Baroque artists came in 1713.

The collection was owned by Queen Christina and sold by the Roman antiques dealer Francesco Antonio Renzi: after stored for centuries, the drawings re-emerged in 1914. A systematic study of them was only conducted in 1960.

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