Gian Lorenzo and Pietro Bernini, Bust of the Savior
Acquired by a Private Collector


Perhaps the most precocious sculptor in the history of art, Gian Lorenzo Bernini conceived this bust when he was only about seventeen years old.  Although he carved it in collaboration with his father Pietro, in its subtle yet powerful portrayal of Christ, this early masterpiece displays the first signs of Gian Lorenzo's unequalled genius both as maker of portraits and as an innovator in the interpretation of sacred iconography.