La Beata Ludovica Albertoni
The large 9’ x 14’ translucent nylon panel is a painted detail of the head of the Beata Ludovica Albertoni by Lorenzo Bernini. The piece is made to be hung in space and to integrate itself with its surroundings as they become a part of the semi transparent surface. Nylon is painted, beaded and appliquéd with lace to present a dramatic and powerful presence. It remains one of my favourite pieces.
The monument to the Beata (or Blessed) Ludovica Albertoni (1674) is in the specially designed Altieri Chapel in the church of San Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere, Rome. The sculpture and its setting in the Chapel were designed by the Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. He was seventy one years old when he began the work, and it was one of his last sculptures.