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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

20/04/2019, 14:04

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TRUTH-REVEALED-BY-THE-TIME


 In the Borghese Gallery there is an unfinished Bernini’s masterpiece that is, still today, a mystery...



The so called "Truth revealed by the Time" is one of the finest marble Bernini’s sculpted gropus, made between the 1646 and the 1652. It is located in the same room of the "Aeneas’ Escape", but the first and clear characteristic that we can see is how the "Truth revealed by the Time" is not completed. The marble is not smooth and white, and imagine how still today we can see the so called "ponti" (bridges in Italian). Do you see the left hand of the big lady? The fingers are linking through small marble pieces, used by the sculptores to avoid that the fingers, fragile elements of a statue, could fall down during the job, and due to the shocks made by the tools. So, usually, the "ponti" were removed almost at the end, a clear symbol to understand how the work of art is not completed. There is also a nice mystery related to the marble piece: there is not a sponsor. It seems that #Bernini did it for himself, without commissions, and leaving it after his death just in front of his studio. Why? Who knows...in the meantime let me tell you something about the wonderful masterpiece. You can admire this big lady who is the personification of the Truth. First of all she is naked, because the value of the Truth must be clear, but she has also a globe below her left foot, to symbolize how the Thruth is an universal value. Moreover there is a Sun, holding by her right hand, to underline how the Truth is revealed. Now the question could be: why is there the Time on the title of work of art? It is true that we have not ideas about the decision made by Bernini and the absence of a sponsor, but at the same time we know several things about the project of this masterpiece. We know how, for Bernini, next to the allegory of the Truth we should also have the allegory of the Time. We can clearly understand how Bernini was not able to finish his work of art, and the question is why. Of course, simply because we don’t know the answers there are several legends! First of all maybe Bernini, with this work of art, would like to communicate something...imagine how during those years the master of the #Baroque age was working for the Pope Innocenzo X, of the Pamphilj Family. This #Pope didn’t have a good character, and probably didn’t accept that Bernini decided to work with the Borghese family, when he was younger, The Borghese family was an enemy for Innocenzo X, a Pope who commissioned to Bernini small projects. So, in a certain way, Bernini would like to tell to the Pope and to the others:"Maybe now you are commissioning me something that is not important, but at the end (Time), everybody will know the Truth: I’m the best". Keep in mind how Bernini didn’t have a good character, so maybe this interpretation could be correct. What we know is how the Truth, probably, will not be revelaed... #Roma #unaguidaturisticaroma #atourguiderome #romeisus #Rome


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