Happy Birthday Gian Lorenzo Bernini!! The Italian sculptor, born in 1598, Bernini was certainly the most celebrated sculptor of the Roman Baroque period. His father was a Florentine sculptor and by age 8, young Bernini had mastered the stone chisel and begun receiving commissions. In the 1620's, Bernini became a sculptor and architect for the Pope and this association was to last for the rest of his life. The Ecstasy of St. Theresa (1645-52) pictured here today, is noted as a prime example of Baroque sculpture, displaying extreme emotion through the technical sculpting methods, architectural setting and use of colored (white and yellow) marble. It is hard to imagine or describe the scope of this master's influence on sculptors to follow.