Bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmine

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The Bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmine is a half-length portrait by the Italian artist Gianlorenzo Bernini. It was executed in the years 1621-4, and unveiled in August 1624. It sits in the Chiesa del Gesù, Rome. [1] It was commissioned by Pope Gregory XV and Cardinal Odoardo Farnese after Bellarmine's death. A tomb (now-destroyed) surrounding the bust was designed by Girolamo Rainaldi, and included sculptural decoration by Bernini's father, Pietro, and Bernini's some-time assistant, Giuliano Finelli. [2]


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