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The Bust of Francesco I d'Este is a marble portrait bust by the Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Completed in 1652, the work depicts Francesco I d'Este, Duke of Modena. It is in the Museo Estense, Modena, Italy.[1] The noble yet detached expression of the face, the extensive drapery and the lavish locks of hair are often taken to be emblematic of the way Bernini represented 'absolute monarchs' as seemingly adopting superior poses, oblivious to their surroundings.[2] A painting of the portrait bust, surrounded by various objects, undertaken by the artist Francesco Stringa in the late 1660s is in the Minneapolis Institute of Art.[3]

Bust of Francesco I d'Este
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, busto di Francesco I d'Este, 1650-51, 02.jpg
ArtistGian Lorenzo Bernini
Year1650-52 (1650-52)
Dimensions100 cm (39 in)
LocationMuseo Estense, Modena


  1. ^ Rudolf Wittkower, Bernini, the Sculptor of the Roman Baroque, 1997 (4th ed.), p.272-3
  2. ^ Dombrowski, Damian (2011). "Apotheosis and Mediality in Bernini's Later Portrait Busts". Artibus et Historiae. JSTOR 41479743.
  3. ^ "Allegorical Still Life with Bernini's Bust of Francis I d'Este".