Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was an Italian sculptor, architect, and painter of the Baroque era. Born in Naples, he was the son of a sculptor and began his own artistic training at an early age. Bernini became a prominent artist in Rome, where he produced some of his most famous works, including the baldacchino in St. Peter's Basilica and the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona.Bernini was known for his dynamic sculptures, which often captured movement and emotion in a way that was groundbreaking for his time. He also had a successful career as an architect, designing buildings such as the Palazzo Barberini and the Sant'Andrea al Quirinale church. Bernini's influence on the Baroque style extended beyond Italy, and his works can be found in museums and public spaces around the world.