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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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There are two Busts of Pope Paul V that were made by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The first sculpture was made in 1618 and was kept in Rome at a place called Galleria Borghese while the second one was made in 1621.

The latter is preserved in a National Gallery Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. Gian Lorenzo Bernini did the Bust of Pope Paul V in his early twenties shortly after Pope Paul death. Paul Pope V was an uncle to Cardinal Scipione Borghese who was a patron to Lorenzo. The Bust of Pope Paul V made of marble. The portrait shows Pope Paul V bareheaded, this hairstyle was a practice that showed the pope was not into the current fashions.

In the Bust of Pope Paul V, he is clothed in traditional robes. On the shoulders he is covered with a thick cope that is well decorated with patron of saints of Rome. They are showing Paul having a book and a sword and Peter the Apostle having a book and keys on the hands. Bust of Pope Paul V shows how he is covered with robes made of papacy and is staring with an expression that is natural. On the face he has lines that look fragile and around the eyes he has wrinkles.

Bursts of Pope Paul V made Gian Lorenzo Bernini to be known. The art was dynamic this is shown on the subject shoulders there are drape ring folds indicating that there were body movements. The portrait has been kept from the time it was made in Borghese up to when it was sold in 1893.There was no information about the burst until 2014.

After some years the Burst of Pope Paul V was rediscovered in museum called J. Paul Getty .It was exactly like the one made by Gian Lorenzo. The bust was bought from a private facility in London. The recovery of the bust brought happiness to the people of Los Angeles although few days after its acquisition by the museum there was a filed case that said the Bust of Pope Paul V was not rightfully acquired and this posed the museum at risk.

In the year 2014 the Bust of Pope Paul V was bought by a collector the portrait at this time it was not known as Gian Lorenzo Bernini work. The bust which was worth millions was sold at a price that was low to an auctioning house called SOGA. The Bust of Pope Paul was an artwork that was attractive and attracted so many tourists but the bust was now lost.

There were complaints that the bust was undervalued and that the person who bought it had known its value. SOGA has undervalued the art twice in 2014 and when it was in the market the previous year. When the Bust of Pope Paul V was offered again the Getty estimated the price and bought it then they placed it in their new images. The Getty remained with the marble bust for some time and any one can see it from J. Paul Getty Museum.