Essays on Art

THE SCULPTOR AND THE DONNA: THE VIOLENCE OF BERNINI

He was an old man, no longer cutting the debonair figure he once did, but he remained in the shadows lest he be recognized. One of his works lay not ten yards away, hailed as a masterpiece. He stood at the end of the very nave where two decades before he had raged through the basilica, trying to beat his brother to death with a pipe in revenge for his crimes, committed with the woman who now lay dead on the bier.

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