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Louvre, east façade (study for the First Project)
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Louvre, east façade (study for the First Project)

1664

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 - 1680)

Pen and brown ink on laid paper

Height: 16.3 cm; Width: 27.8 cm;

Inscription
Pen and brown ink, lower left, recto, CAV. Bernini
Pen and carbon black ink in a different hand, lower left, recto, N.o 42 110 V
Pen and brown ink, lower right, verso (migrating through to recto), G.L. Bernino

Acquisition
Blunt, Anthony (Professor) & NACF; bequest & grant aid via National Art Collections Fund; 1984
D.1984.AB.51.1

About this work
In 1664 the celebrated Roman sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini took part in a competition to design the east façade of the palace of the Louvre in Paris, which King Louis XIV wished to complete. This freehand drawing shows Bernini’s initial proposal for the façade, featuring a central oval pavilion. The arches and monumental columns derive from classical precedents, however Bernini’s unusually animated design was rejected in favour of Claude Perrault’s more conventional plan for a linear row of columns on a raised pavilion. (Permanent collection label)



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