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Art: Sculpture

Bernini: Sculpting in Clay


Oct 3, 2012 – Jan 6, 2013




The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Venue Partner)

1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St


Directions: Main Building: Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk to Fifth Avenue; OR take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Fifth Avenue. The Cloisters: Take the A train to 190th Street and walk, or transfer to the M4 bus and ride north one stop.


Free with museum admission

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art says…

To visualize life-size and colossal marbles, the great Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) began by rapidly modeling small clay sketches. Fired as terracotta, these studies are bold, expressive works in their own right. Together with related drawings, they preserve the first traces of Bernini’s fervid imagination and unique creative process that produced some of the most spectacular statuary in Rome, including the fountains in Piazza Navona and the angels on Ponte Sant’Angelo. This exhibition assembles for the first time some 50 of these bozzetti andmodelli, as well as 30 chalk or pen sketches alongside three small-scale bronzes and a marble group. Through connoisseurship and a comprehensive campaign of scientific examination, the selection of models addresses the issue of what separates the hand of the master from the production of his large workshop.