No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another - marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.
- Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Bernini
I adore this moment. I love this moment almost more than any other moment that day. The look of just…pure happy surprise on her face is amazing.
And he asks her if she’ll be fine.
And she just looks so at ease and happy, even with the thousands of people looking up at her.
All the feels.
LOOK AT ALL THE NOTES
I’ve only ever seen the first one! So glad I found this!