Memorial to Alessandro Valtrini

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Memorial to Alessandro Valtrini
Artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Year 1639 (1639)
Catalogue 43
Type Sculpture
Material Marble relief
Subject Alessandro Valtrini
Dimensions Life-size skeleton
Location San Lorenzo in Damaso, Rome

The Memorial to Alessandro Valtrini is a funerary monument designed by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1639, and executed by his workshop in the same year. It is situated in the church of the San Lorenzo in Damaso in Rome. It has strong affinities with the Memorial to Ippolito Merenda; both were undertaken by Bernini's workshop and commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Barberini to commend the ecclesiastical work done by Valtrini and Merenda respectively.[1] In aesthetic terms, both broke new ground in figuring Death as a moving skeleton carrying a flowing inscriptions and, in the case of Alessandro Valrtrini monument, a medallion-shaped portrait of Valtrini himself.[2]

Valtrini had been a wealthy donor during his lifetime. Three churches he had supported erected monuments to him, Il Gesu (where his body remained), Santa Maria sopra Minerva and the Bernini version in San Lorenzo in Damaso. He died in 1633. Francesco Barberini organised the Bernini commission in the late 1630s.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bernstock, pp. 210–32.
  2. ^ Wittkower, p. 211.

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