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Gian Lorenzo Bernini

BERNINI Gian Lorenzo - Italian (Naples 1598-1680 Rome) - Pluto and Persephone

This business about knowing who to trust and who to appoint is key in being a great politician. That's why Caesar Augustus, once Octavianus, is probably the greatest politician of all times. He surrounded himself with just the right people, including Agrippa. That's why Robert Graves's novel I Claudius was satire not reality. The Livia in his novel was really Augustus. He was that shrewd. Hitler was no Augustus. He appointed all the wrong people to powerful positions and caused his own…

Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Neptune and Triton

I have always loved both Bernini's art and Greek/Roman mythology --- so why not celebrate that with Bernini's sculpture of Neptune?

BERNINI Gian Lorenzo - Italian (Naples 1598-1680 Rome) - self portrait - 1625

BERNINI Gian Lorenzo - Italian (Naples 1598-1680 Rome) -

Bust of Neptune by Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, 1725, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California. (detail)