Gian (everybody's named John!) Lorenzo Bernini has been making the rounds on the internet as of late. Several people are sharing a photo of his statue The Rape of Proserpina and stating that he created it when he was only 16. It's either someone's way of praising his greatness or trying to make you feel like a complete failure at whatever it is you're doing. To those who are attempting the latter, you can go straight to Hades. What they don't tell you is that Bernini began working around the age of 8 and had the Pope's blessing. If you met the Pope at age 8 and he declared that you would one day be a great sculptor then you'd probably do all you could to be a great sculptor. Wouldn't it be great if we all had someone to encourage us like that? On the other hand, he had a lot to prove.
This is only an hour long but gives all of the sordid details of his life. Attempting to murder his own brother and ordering someone to slash up the face of your ex best girl... Makes me wonder if there was a 16th century version of Jerry Springer.