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07/12/1598 Italian baroque sculptor Giovanni Bernini is born

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was the leading sculptor and architect of his age. The wild success of The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa kicked off Bernini's career. His architectural works include sacred and secular buildings. Amongst his most well-known works are the Piazza San Pietro, the piazza, and colonnades in front of St. Peter's Basilica.