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“Bernini's Last Masterpiece”

Monument to Alexander VII
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Owner description: In St. Peter's Chapel of the Sacrament is where Bernini's monument to Alexander VII is located.
Reviewed 4 June 2018

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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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Pope Alexander VII wanted a monumental tomb to immortalize himself and commissioned Gianlorenzo Bernini. At the age of 81, this would be Bernini's last major sculptural commission before his death in 1680. However, construction of the monument didn't start until 1671 and was completed in 1678, eleven years after the Pope's death.

Six figures are in the monument. Pope Alexander VII is kneeling in prayer at the top. Below him are four female statues representing virtues practiced by the Pontiff. On the foreground is Charity with a child in her arms. To the right of that is Truth, whose foot rests on a globe. Prudence and Justice are on the 2nd level. When the tomb was unveiled, Pope Innocent XI had objected to not only the nudity of Truth but also the bare breasts of Charity (how fitting). Thus Bernini was forced to dress the figures.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

One of the major artworks to admire when inside St Peter's. However, when we went there it was fenced off so far out you could only see it from the side and from a distance. It doesn't do the genius of Bernini justice

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Bernini's last stand (swan song) so to speak (he died at 81, not a bad trot) , designed by himself and finished by his school of sculptors. The intricacy/detail is exquisite.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

ever if you are not religious take the time to look into the face and look at the emotion and hand positions, it is very captivating.

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