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Gianlorenzo Bernini, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome Italy, 1645-1652. Wikimedia Commons.
Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) pioneered the Italian Baroque sculptural style in his use of
theatrical drama, dynamic action, and emotional intensity
classical contapposto stances, smoothness of form, and a calm, ideal beauty
heroic poses, pent-up energy, and muscular, “larger-than-life” figures
elegance, artificiality, and imbalanced compositions