Bernini versus Borromini, the fight of the giants. Rome would certainly look differently if these artists hadn’t lived and created here.
Bernini was a talented sculptor and architect with unbridled ambition and great charisma, a real “enfant prodige”. To this day, his works arouse admiration for the perfection of workmanship and something that only “the great” can do – from transform hard marble into ‘the flesh’.
Borromini a talented architect with a difficult character and an irritable and suspicious nature. He didn’t take criticism well, and his outbursts scared off potential commissioners.
Bernini and Borromini met in their youth, while collaborating on the project of the new Basilica of St. Peter. Friends at start soon became enemies because such different personalities and talents couldn’t collaborate but from this rivalry Rome gained in beauty.