Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) Timeline

7 Dec 1598

Birth of Gian Lorenzo Bernini


Pope Innocent X (r. 1644-55) commissions a monumental fountain to support the ancient obelisk he moved from the Circus of Maxentius to the Piazza Navona. He excludes the well-known sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini from his request for designs, but Bernini cr


Pope Innocent X grants the commission for the Fountain of the Four Rivers in the Piazza Navona to Gian Lorenzo Bernini, after being shown the artist's designs by Bernini's nephew.

28 Nov 1680

Death of Gian Lorenzo Bernini