The sculpture of the 'Anima Damnata', in the 17th century Palazzo di Spagna, is an early work by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). It is thought to have been carved circa 1619 when Bernini had just turned twenty years of age.
Although the sculpture is known as the 'Damned Soul', it is, in fact, 'quite clearly nothing more than the grimacing face of Bernini himself, heightened and stylized', (Bernini by Howard Hibbard).
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