The Baldacchino

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The picture above shows the Baldacchino designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and was built from 1623-1634. It stands 90 feet high and is perhaps the largest piece of bronze in the world. If you look at the ceiling on top of the sculpture you can see Michelangelo’s famous art work on the Sistine Chapel. The four bronze columns are decorated with olive leaves and bees. The bees were the symbol of Pope Urban who commissioned the project. You can also see a lady and baby on the columns. Those are Pope Urban’s niece and her new-born baby. You can tell from the beauty of this sculpture and the area around it that Rome must have been very wealthy at the time especially the church. With all the crosses a person can tell this was made for a Christian. St. Peter’s Basilica is the world largest church after all. The grand size, design, and detail of this magnificent work of art are no wonder why it was $3.5 million stipend.

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