Professor's 30-year search reveals Bernini the sculptor as a playwright

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ROME -- A drama professor has published a two-act play after a 30-year labour of love studying a text scribbled by the baroque sculptor and architect Bernini on the back of sketches for his work on the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was also a playwright to the popes and led a troupe of actors in Renaissance Italy. The play, Truth Uncovered by Time, is a farce in which a genius sculptor called Graziano Magnifico struggles against a rival for the patronage of Pope Innocent X.

It was written in 1644 and performed by Bernini, his brother Luigi and probably Costanza Bonarelli, the wife of a fellow sculptor and Bernini's mistress.

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