Damned Soul (Bernini)

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Damned Soul
Latin: Anima Dannata
Bernini - Damned Soul.jpg
ArtistGian Lorenzo Bernini
Year1619 (1619)
LocationPalazzo di Spagna, Rome

Damned Soul (Italian: Anima dannata) is a marble sculpture bust by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. According to Rudolf Wittkower, the sculpture is in the Palazzo di Spagna in Rome. This may well be what is known today as the Palazzo Monaldeschi.[1]

There is a bronze copy, executed by Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi some time between 1705 and 1707, in the Liechtenstein Collection.

Recent scholarship on the sculpture has queried whether its topic is not the Christian personifications of pain but a depiction of a satyr.[2]


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  2. ^ Cueto, David García (2015-01-01). "On the original meanings of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Anima beata and Anima dannata: Nymph an Satyr?". Sculpture Journal. 24 (1): 37–53. doi:10.3828/sj.2015.24.1.4. ISSN 1366-2724.
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