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Gianlorenzo Bernini: Ecstasy of St Teresa, marble, life-size, 1645–52 (Rome, S Maria della....

Gianlorenzo Bernini: Ecstasy of St Teresa, marble, life-size, 1645–52 (Rome, S Maria della Vittoria, Cornaro Chapel); Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Gianlorenzo Bernini: Apollo and Daphne, marble, h. 2.43 m, 1622–4 (Rome, Galleria Borghese....

Gianlorenzo Bernini: Apollo and Daphne, marble, h. 2.43 m, 1622–4 (Rome, Galleria Borghese); Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

David

Gianlorenzo Bernini: David, marble, 1623 (Rome, Galleria Borghese); photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Gianlorenzo Bernini: Piazza S Pietro, 1656–67, aerial view; Photo credit: Alinari/Art Reso....

Gianlorenzo Bernini: Piazza S Pietro, 1656–67, aerial view; Photo credit: Alinari/Art Resource, NY

Château de Versailles, aerial view; Photo credit: Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resourc....

Château de Versailles, aerial view; Photo credit: Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY

Caravaggio: Calling of St Matthew, oil on canvas, 3.22×3.40 m, 1599–1600 (Rome, S Luigi de....

Caravaggio: Calling of St Matthew, oil on canvas, 3.22×3.40 m, 1599–1600 (Rome, S Luigi dei Francesi, Contarelli Chapel); Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Caravaggio: Conversion of St Paul, oil on canvas, 2.30×1.75 m, 1601 (Rome, S Maria del Pop....

Caravaggio: Conversion of St Paul, oil on canvas, 2.30×1.75 m, 1601 (Rome, S Maria del Popolo, Cerasi Chapel); Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Interior of S Andrea al Quirinale

Gianlorenzo Bernini: interior of S Andrea al Quirinale, Rome, 1658–70; photo credit: Alinari/Art Resource, NY

San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, façade

Francesco Borromini: San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, façade, Rome, 1638–77; image credit: Alinari/The Bridgeman Art Library International

Annibale Carracci: Loves of the Gods (1597–1601), vault fresco, Galleria Farnese, Palazzo ....

Annibale Carracci: Loves of the Gods (1597–1601), vault fresco, Galleria Farnese, Palazzo Farnese, Rome; Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Glory of St Ignatius Loyola and the Missionary Work of the Jesuit Order

Andrea Pozzo: Glory of St Ignatius Loyola and the Missionary Work of the Jesuit Order (1688–94), fresco, nave vault, S Ignazio, Rome; photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Salon de la Guerre

Versailles, Salon de la Guerre, interior view showing a plaster relief of the Triumph of Louis XIV by Antoine Coyzevox, c. 1681–3; photo credit: Giraudon/Art Resource, NY

Christ with St Joseph in the Carpenter’s Shop

Georges de La Tour: Christ with St Joseph in the Carpenter’s Shop, oil on canvas, 1.37×1.02 m, c. 1642 (Paris, Musée du Louvre); photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY

Jacob van Ruisdael: View of Haarlem, oil on canvas, 1675 (The Hague, Mauritshuis); Photo c....

Jacob van Ruisdael: View of Haarlem, oil on canvas, 1675 (The Hague, Mauritshuis); Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Las meninas

Diego Velázquez: Las meninas, oil on canvas, 3.21×2.81 m, 1656 (Madrid, Museo del Prado); photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY

Arrival of Marie de’ Medici at Marseilles

Peter Paul Rubens: Arrival of Marie de’ Medici at Marseilles, oil on canvas, 1.55×1.16 m, 1622–5 (Paris, Musée du Louvre); photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY

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