Louvre, east façade (study for the First Project)
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 - 1680)
Pen and brown ink on laid paper
Height: 16.3 cm; Width: 27.8 cm;
Pen and brown ink, lower left, recto, CAV.
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
Blunt, Anthony (Professor) & NACF; bequest & grant aid via National Art Collections Fund; 1984
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.
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