Today I’m interviewing Gianlorenzo Bernini, the other main character in my time travel novel, The Renaissance Club, a story that has been called “enchanting, rich, and romantic”! The 17th century genius artist Gianlorenzo Bernini is the hero of my time travel novel, and the passionate interest of May Gold, a young art historian who specializes in his masterpieces. But her career ambitions are frustrated when she goes on a tour of Renaissance Italy with her teaching colleagues. A step sideways through time’s folds bring her face to face with her handsome subject. What does Bernini think of this young woman from a distant country? In order to find out, I asked Gianlorenzo a few questions.
Q: What did you eat for breakfast? Did you make it yourself?
A: I ate several apples and a pear. Then I worked on my Baldacchino, which is to be my great masterpiece, and I had no time for food until late in the afternoon, when an impudent young woman interrupted my concentration with her questions and her stare. She was, however, interesting to look at, with her long curling hair and her golden skin. I have other appetites than for food. Much better ones.
Q: Are you an only child?
A: Yes, and I think it’s a good thing. How could the world survive more than one Bernini? My son will carry my legacy forward dutifully, as I have trained him to do.
Q: Do you call your mother every day?
A: No, but my mother complains of my temper to the Pope. I think she should mind her own business, but she says I am her business, and the Holy Father should put a stop to my arrogance. How ironic. Why would a pope want to stop arrogance?
Q: Do you put both socks on first, or one sock, one shoe?
A: Shoes are irrelevant when I am creating. Besides, I wear boots.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: If I could have a pet lion, that would be the perfect animal for me. Alas, there are none available. I have a biographer, May Gold. It’s almost better than having a pet. She studies my life from her distant era, and occasionally tells me what my history will be. As I’ve told her, she is to write down what I dictate of my history. A great artist should control his own press, don’t you think?
Q: If you could go back in time for one day, where would you go?
A: I would go forward in time. I’d like to see what artists of the future are doing, what innovations they’re creating, and of course, what history thinks of my masterpieces!
Q: Do you have any bad habits?
A: I have the habit of working without stopping, eating only fruit and meat, and being good with a sword and better with a dagger. Some call these bad habits. I prefer to think of them as life skills. There is one habit I would like to break, however. It’s the habit of flirting with that silly wife of my assistant. Costanza is much too eager. It’s bound to lead to trouble.