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According to Angels & Demons, Bernini was a member of the secret underground scientific brotherhood, the Illuminati. As the Church’s ‘poster boy,’ he was in a perfect position to make the Path of Illumination.

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This consisted of four statues, located in four different churches in Rome, related to the four ancient ‘elements’ of nature: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

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These pointed to the Illuminati Lair, the meeting place of the society. If someone was intelligent enough to find this lair, then he was qualified enough to be a member of the group. Bernini also apparently designed the illuminati brands.

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Bernini was not a member of the Illuminati, nor is there any evidence that society existed in the manner depicted in the book. Bernini’s own opinions on religion or politics were kept to himself. His work reflected Church doctrine on most issues.

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Bernini was born in Naples in 1598 to Pietro Bernini, a sculptor who occasionally worked for the Vatican. At the age of seven, he accompanied his father, who was involved in several important projects, to Rome. The younger Bernini’s skill was soon noticed by the painter Annibale Carracci, and by Pope Paul V, who remarked that the young GianLorenzo would be the Michelangelo of the 17th Century. These were prophetic words. Bernini gained the patronage of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the Pope's nephew, a massive art collector.

This step up the ladder would ensure he was in almost permanent employment for the Church. Through his career, he would design countless statues, fountains, and funerary monuments, but his most magnificent work was the completion of St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square, which continues to impress people to this day. His dynamic, emotive style influenced and defined the Baroque period.

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Bernini was a prolific artist;there is barely a piazza or church in Rome which does not contain some piece of his work. He also purportedly designed the brands used by the Assassin in the novel. Rome showcases many of his works: St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter’s Baldacchino, Funerary Monument of Alexander VII, Cathedra Petri, Statue of Constantine, Monument to Urban VIII, St. Longinus, Fountain of the Bees, Triton Fountain, Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Chigi Chapel statues, Elephant of Minerva, Ecstasy of St. Theresa, and many others, too numerous to note.

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Bernini was married, and had 11 children. He lived around the corner from the Spanish Steps in Rome, whose fountain he had worked on with his father.

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