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2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES. BERNINI, MASTER OF BAROQUE, PRESENTED IN TEXAS FOR THE FIRST TIME. CLAY MODELS AND DRAWINGS BY THE SCULPTOR ON DISPLAY AT THE KIMBELL MUSEUM

Date:

01/17/2013


2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES. BERNINI, MASTER OF BAROQUE, PRESENTED IN TEXAS FOR THE FIRST TIME. CLAY MODELS AND DRAWINGS BY THE SCULPTOR ON DISPLAY AT THE KIMBELL MUSEUM

Houston, feb 2 - (Adnkronos) - The Master of Roman Baroque Gian Lorenzo Bernini is presented for the first time in Texas, at the Kimbell Museum. After having been hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art di New York, the exhibit ''Bernini: Sculpting in Clay'' will open tomorrow in Fort Worth. An exhibition unique in its kind, since it presents the Master's creative genius and especially the innovative artistic process that brought him to conceive and realize some of Rome's most spectacular statues, such as the Fountains in Piazza Navona and the Angels of Ponte Sant'Angelo.

The Kimbell Museum - a leading cultural institution in the Lone Star State with an increasing nationwide profile - will showcase about forty clay models, whose extraordinary force of expression served as a base for Bernini's life-size projects. These are accompanied by about thirty drawings, focused instead on the very first conceptual and preparatory phase for the statue, and are both essential components to fully understand one of the dominant artistic personalities of the XVII century in Italy as well as to understand its boldest and most evocative traits.

Eric Lee, Director of the Kimbell Museum, further elaborated at the inauguration Gala on the peculiarities in the preparation and the uniqueness of this exhibition, which features prominently in the calendar of the Year of Italian Culture in the USA.
The event was conceived thanks to the joint efforts of two leading cultural institutions - the Kimbell in Fort Worth and the Metropolitan in New York - and made possible due to unprecedented loans especially granted for this occasion. These studies, first made in small clay models then fired into terracotta - explained Lee - are masterpieces in their own right, with great expressive strength. Bernini: Sculpting in Clay is the first exhibition to retrace Bernini’s unparalleled approach to sculptural design and his impact on the fabric of Baroque Rome.

Among the pieces on display, the remarkable collection of terracotta models made by the Maestro for the statues of Ponte Sant'Angelo features prominently. This collection leaves Harvard University for the first time since the 1930s and, together with the terracottas owned by the Accademia di San Luca and the model for the Fountain of the Moor owned by the Kimbell, is at the core of this exhibition.

Following the success of the exhibition on Caravaggio and his Followers in Rome less than two years ago, this second important event dedicated to Italian art ''bears testimony to the strong ties that bind the Kimbell to Italy and to Rome in particular, symbolically testified by the Museum's new wing planned by Italian architect Renzo Piano", commented the Consul General of Italy in Texas Fabrizio Nava at the Gala. Bernini's models and drawing will be visible to the public from tomorrow February 3 until April 14. (Sub/Ct/Adnkronos) 02-FEB-13 18:11 NNNN  

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picture:

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Model of the Lion on the Four Rivers Fountain, 1649-50
Galleria dell'Accademia di San Luca, Rome
Photo by Zeno Colantoni

 



 


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