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ITALIAN BAROQUE ARCHITECTURE, Bernini; Palazzo Chigi-Odescalchi, begun 1644 by Bernini, Rome. "In secular architecture Bernini was important for establishing in the Palazzo Chigi-Odescalchi, begun in 1644, a monumental type of palace facade articulated by giant pilasters above a rusticated ground floor. He developed this influential form in the gigantic project for the completion of the Louvre in Paris."

A description of Palazzo Odescalchi and Palazzo Spinelli Bonelli Valentini in an etching by Giuseppe Vasi and as it is today

A PALAZZO BARBERINI si trovano riunite quattro grandi personalità del barocco romano: Carlo Maderno fu il primo direttore dei lavori nel 1627, alla sua morte gli successe Gian Lorenzo Bernini e dal 1632 al 1639 Pietro da Cortona vi affrescò il primo grande soffitto barocco. Borromini collaborò con Bernini a realizzare il progetto di Maderno: gli sono state attribuite le finestre ai lati della facciata

A PALAZZO BARBERINI si trovano riunite quattro grandi personalità del barocco romano: Carlo Maderno fu il primo direttore dei lavori nel 1627, alla sua morte gli successe Gian Lorenzo Bernini e dal 1632 al 1639 Pietro da Cortona vi affrescò il primo grande soffitto barocco. Borromini collaborò con Bernini a realizzare il progetto di Maderno: gli sono state attribuite le finestre ai lati della facciata

San Andrea al Quirinale, Rome, by Bernini.  A good example on how logical boundries are exceeded: the stairs flow out of the building and invade the piazza

San Andrea al Quirinale, Rome, Bernini. A good example on how logical boundries are exceeded: the stairs flow out of the building and invade the piazza

Sacala Reggia. San Pedro del Vaticano. Roma. Bernini (1598-1680). Alto barroco. Alejandro VII.

The Regia Scala, or Royal Stairs, designed by Bernini and rebuilt between 1663 and 1666 to replace a narrow twisting staircase between the Apostolic Palace and St Peter's Basilica.

Roma, Basilica de San Pedro, Baldaquino de Bernini ~ this bronze Bernini structure is 94ft tall. Beautiful architecture

Roma, Basilica de San Pedro, Baldaquino de Bernini ~ this bronze Gian Lorenzo Bernini structure is tall. The bronze doors from the Pantheon were stripped and melted to make this canopy

Palazzo Apostolico, Scala Regia - 1663-1666, Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Palazzo Apostolico, Scala Regia - 1663-1666, Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Bernini's Elephant    Bernini Elephant located in the plaza in front of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Santa Maria was originally founded in the 8th century over the ruins of a temple to Minerva. The church was built in 1280 by two Dominican monks who modeled it after Santa Maria Novella.

Bernini's Elephant Bernini Elephant located in the plaza in front of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Santa Maria was originally founded in the 8th century over the ruins of a temple to Minerva. The church was built in 1280 by two Dominican monks who modeled it after Santa Maria Novella.

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