RELATED LITERATURE Bernini and the Birth of Baroque portrait sculpture, exh. cat. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2008, no. 6.7, pp. 262-265.
In December 1666, six months before Alexander VII's death, Cafà modelled in clay a portrait of the pope. A bronze of the model, dating 1667, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no. 57.20).
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