Schama: Bernini Matters

Simon Schama writes that Bernini “used the power of art to achieve the most difficult thing in the world: the visualisation of bliss… Before Bernini, sculpture’s preoccupation had been with immortality. When modern sculptors looked at, and learned from, antiquity, what they saw was the translation of mortal humanity into something purer, chillier and more enduring: gods and heroes.”