Antonio Coppola's bust

Antonio Coppola's bust now is collocated in Galleria Borghese, in Rome.

The Entrance

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The Gallery

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Antonio Coppola was a florence surgeon and belonged to a fraternity which destined its own functions to assist poor and sick men. He was a benefactor of the hospital that was located near the church San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, where the bust was collocated in the past.

The Church

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The bust was commissioned after his death, in 1612, and paid to the sculptor Pietro Bernini, father of the then young Gian Lorenzo.

The inscription

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The italian inscription reads as follows:

"PIETRO BERNINI / SESTO FIORENTINO 1562 / ROMA 1629 / BUSTO DI ANTONIO COPPOLA / 1612 / MARMO / SCONOSCIUTO ALLE BIOGRAFIE BERNINIANE, IL BUSTO DEL MEDICO FIORENTINO ANTONIO / COPPOLA, MORTO PROPRIO NEL 1612, INSIEME A QUELLO DI CEPPARELLI ESPOSTO / IN QUESTA STESSA SALA, VENNE RISCOPERTO CINQUANT'ANNI FA DA IRVING LAVIN, / PAGATO NEL 1612 A PIETRO, E' L'UNICO RITRATTO CHE CI RIMANE DI BERNINI SENIOR E PARTE / DELLA CRITICA RITIENE CHE SIA STATO IN REALTA' SCOLPITO DA UN GIAN LORENZO APPENA / TREDICENNE, CHE NON AVREBBE POTUTO ASSUMERE COMMISSIONI IN PROPRIO. / ROMA, MUSEO DI ARTE SACRA SAN GIOVANNI DEI FIORENTINI"

The Bust

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The bust is held among his first works big part of the researchers for the elements of novelty:

  • the naturalism of the face
  • the bony hand that tiredly holds back the mantle
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Bibliography:

  • George B. Schaller, "A great discovery: Bernini's", Life, 1967, vol. 1449, pp. 66-68
  • Galleria Borghese's guide

Sitography:


  • Photos and main text by Miriam De Salvia moc.liamg|4062azzoirim#| and Federica Greco ti.liamtoh|cerg.edef#| (December 2017), courtesy of Professor Simone Ferrari
  • Locate the item on Google Maps


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