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17th-Century Sculpture Captures Unbelievable Lace Details in Hand-Carved Marble

The Baroque Period is known for its decadent theatricality. During this period, many European artists continue the trends of the Renaissance, creating some dramatic paintings and sculptures.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s work is particularly appreciated by historians. However, Giuliano Finelli’s, his apprentice, are also breathtaking.

Giuliano Finelli was born in 1601 in Torrano di Carrara, Italy. He trained in sculpting in Naples. Then, he moved to Rome in 1622 where he caught Bernini’s attention and eventually became his assistant.

With Bernini’s guidance, Finelli grow to become an artist with exceptional talent and political connections as Bernini was often commissioned by Pope Urban VIII. Finelli worked on many important pieces, including the bust of Pope Urban VIII’s niece, Maria Duglioli Barberini. Finelli did a great job, emphasizing all of her details.

Finelli was incredibly talented indeed. However, Bernini could not share the spotlight with Finelli. Finelli was overshadowed by Bernini’s popularity. So, he left in 1629.

You can check his sculpture of Maria Duglioli Barberini below.

Bust of Maria Duglioli Barberini in the Louvre (Photo: Wikimedia Commons [CC BY 3.0])
Detail of the bust of Maria Duglioli Barberini in the Louvre (Photo: Wikimedia Commons [CC BY 3.0])
Detail of the bust of Maria Duglioli Barberini in the Louvre (Photo: Wikimedia Commons [CC BY 3.0])

Beautiful lace details on the bust of Maria Duglioli Barberini (Photos: Kim Rempel)

“Apollo & Daphne” by Bernini (Photo: Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 4.0])
HT: My Modern Met

Written by Ketrin Ulbrich

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