01. Mourning women in the tomb of Vizier Ramose, Amarna period. Photo VB.
Existem várias formas de lamentar a morte. Desde a encenação dramática da dor (Figura 1) até ao recolhimento íntimo do sofrimento. Nas figuras 2 a 7, o manto e o véu cobrem quase todo o corpo, incluindo o rosto. Mas se ocultam a dor, também a manifestam. A intensidade do sofrimento imprime-se, precisamente, nas dobras, nas muitas dobras, dos mantos e dos véus. Configuram uma espécie de sismógrafos da agonia. Antes de Bernini, no túmulo de Filipe o Audaz, e depois de Bernini, nas esculturas dos cemitérios europeus, os mantos choram por si.
BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo (b. 1598, Napoli, d. 1680, Roma) Beata Ludovica Albertoni 1671-74 Marble Cappella Altieri, San Francesco a Ripa, Rome One of the last sculptures made by Bernini and it can be considered as exceptional since in this late period his sculptures were executed by his coworkers after his design. Ludovica (died in 1533) was beatified in 1671 and the sculptor was commissioned by Cardinal Albertoni to make a sculpture for commemorating the event. The sculpture of the dying Ludovica is placed above the altar of the chapel where she had been buried in the sixteenth century. The scene is rather theatrical with the lighting coming from a hidden window above the left of her head. The effect of light is multiplied by the decorative carpet dividing the dying from the believers. On her face, the pain of the suffering and the heavenly happiness are simultaneously present resulting in an extraordinary effect. — Keywords: ————– Author: BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo Title: Beata Ludovica Albertoni Time-line: 1601-1650 School: Italian Form: sculpture Type: religious