This massive marble sculpture is located in St Peter's Basilica at the entrance to the papal crypts. It was Bernini's last and possibly best sculpture. It depicts the pope kneeling in prayer and an eerie skeleton, covered by a shroud, raising an hourglass representing death and signifying that we are all mortal. Surrounding the pope are 4 angels representing the 4 virtues practiced by the popes: Charity, Truth, Prudence and Justice. Bernini's sculpture uses intricate detail and multi-colored marble to bring this depiction to life. Its place over the entrance to the papal crypts is also noteworthy.
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