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The Bust of Francesco Barberini is a marble sculpture by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.. It was executed in 1623. It was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII, who was nephew of Francesco Barberini, an apostolic protonotary. Francesco had actually died in 1600 so Bernini created the bust from an existing painted portrait. The painted portrait is in Corsini Collection in Florence; Bernini made close use of the design, although the painting was a three quarter portrait as opposed to a bust of head, shoulders and upper body.[1][2]

Monsignor Francesco Barberini
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Monsignor Francesco Barberini, c. 1623, NGA 46201.jpg
ArtistGian Lorenzo Bernini
Year1623 (1623)
Catalogue24 (a)
Dimensions80 cm (31 in)
LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
CoordinatesCoordinates: 38°53′29″N 77°01′12″W / 38.89147°N 77.02001°W / 38.89147; -77.02001



The sculpture was given to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. in 1961 as part of the Kress Collection donation. The Kress Foundation had bought the sculpture in 1950 from Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, as part of a collection of 125 paintings and the one Bernini sculpture. [3]

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  1. ^ Middeldorf, Ulrich (September 1971), "Bernini's Portrait of Francesco Barberini", The Burlington Magazine, 113: 542+544, JSTOR 876742
  2. ^ Wittkower, Rudolf (1955). Gian Lorenzo Bernini: The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque (4th ed.). London: Phaidon Press. p. 246.
  3. ^ National Gallery of Art website, retrieved 26 June 2019.

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