The exceptional talent of Bernini was easy to recognize, even at an early age. Born in the southern and tumultuous city Naples, he went on to dominate the world of art of 17th century Rome. His exploits were multifaceted. He designed church interiors and exteriors, made sculptures, was a painter, playwright, theater and costume designer. His work epitomized the Baroque style and era.
In this documentary the focus is on Bernini, but also on the rivalry with that other great Baroque artist, Boromini. Both had their impact on the 17th century Rome, and both had the support of various popes. Although Bernini had it all, at a later age his reputation declined, not only while his love life led him to to acts of violence, but also because a construction he fabricated collapsed: The bell towers of the St Peter started cracking in 1641. Nevertheless, Bernini made his most famous work after this debacle.