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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 30 June 2018

WOW. I mean, to see it in person is just breathtaking. The craftsmanship of these sculptures is phenomenal.

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

This is one of the many work that Bernini created in the St. Peter's Basilica.

It is a great piece of work, which leaves you with a good impression of Bernini, the Baroque era and St. Peter's.Basilica.

It is located inside the Basilica, you will see the most magnificent sculptures and this is one of them.

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

This was Bernini's last work. It was finished after his death.

This elaborate and monumental tomb of Pope Alexander VII is situated in St Peter's basilica.

Alexander VII might be fortunate that he had an artist such as Bernini alive during his lifetime to build his tomb. However it maybe a bit too magnificent for a simple pope or a display of the power and wealth of the Vatican at the time.

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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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