Perhaps no other artist defines the Baroque era more than Gianlorenzo Bernini, whose impressive career spanned for nearly 70 years. As a child prodigy, Bernini was creating largescale marble sculptures as a teen. Later, he would become the architect of St. Peter's Basilica—following in Michelangelo's footsteps—where he created the Basilica's iconic plaza and colonnade, as well as its central bronze canopy. A master of materials, Bernini is known for his astonishing ability to create movement and bring forth emotion with his work. In his hands, marble transforms into soft flesh that looks so real, you want to reach out and squeeze it.