Barberini Faun

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Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598—1680) Italian baroque sculptor, painter, and architect



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Hellenistic marble statue of a satyr sprawled in drunken sleep (Glyptothek, Munich). It is first recorded in the possession of Cardinal Franceso Barberini in 1628, and during the 17th and particularly the 18th century it was generally regarded as one of the greatest works of antiquity. The figure is still admired (unlike many formerly celebrated antique statues) and is considered by some authorities to be an original work of around 200 bc, although others believe it to be merely a good copy. It has been several times restored, sometimes with substantial changes to its posture.

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