Rome Fiumicino - the only airport with a real Bernini Statue!

Bernini’s Salvator Mundi Goes on View at Rome's Fiumicino Airport. For tourists arriving at the airport normally signals the end of sightseeing, but they now get the opportunity to see one of the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s best known works, while checking their gate number. At least the ones boarding at the new swanky boarding area at Fiumicino Airport. The Bernini sculpture is a marble depiction of Christ from 1679 and will remain in its new spot for four weeks as part of a strategy to promote the region’s cultural offering before returning to the Basilica of San Sebastiano. It depicts Christ with his hand outstretched, and stands in an imposing glass case at the airport lobby. The sculptural bust, initially intended as a gift for Queen Christina of Sweden, is usually on show in the Basilica of San Sebastiano. A special arrangement with the Italian Interior Ministry, will allow the work  to remain on view for around four weeks. “The display is part of the more general strategy of the Leonardo da Vinci airport to promote local and national art and culture among Italian and foreign passengers,” says an airport statement. 

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