Not surprisingly, one such illustrious resident was the Roman sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). Although I knew Bernini lived and worked in Rome, I didn’t know where until I saw the plaque. Turns out we were pretty much neighbors, albeit with a pesky four centuries separating us.
Bernini lived and had his studio on Via Liberiana, off of Via Merulana and on the edge of the Monti and Esquilino neighborhoods, and across the street from the Santa Maria Maggiore basilica. It was in this studio that Bernini carved his greatest masterpieces – Hades and Persephone and Apollo and Daphne.
Apollo and Daphne played an important role in one of my novels (not the Bernini statue version, but the Tiepolo painting believed to have been based on it). I wrote about it here .
I adore Bernini’s statues, and I love the fact that I’ve ‘discovered’ the studio in which he produced his most famous sculptures. And I love passing by it regularly.
One of the – many – joys of wandering around beautiful Rome.
Enjoy plaque hunting on your next visit.
If you find yourself near Bernini’s home and studio, be sure to visit some of my nearby tips – the incredible Santa Prassede church, the Mecenate Auditorium, the Colle oppio park, and the Panella bakery.