1631 1638

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)
“St. Longinus” (1631-1638)
Marble sculpture
Located in the Vatican, Rome, Italy

Longinus was the Roman soldier who speared Jesus in the side during the crucifixion. He was alleged to have converted to Christianity after the event, having realised that Jesus was in fact the son of God. Bernini depicts him at the moment of divine communion with God, the holy lance thrust to the side, his arms opened wide to receive the divine light. Longinus’ armour and military apparatus lay behind him, a symbol of his revocation of his career as a Roman soldier.