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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Sculpting in Clay
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028-0918

October 3rd, 2012 - January 6th, 2013
October 3rd, 2012 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
 Model for the Lion on the Four Rivers Fountain, Gian Lorenzo BerniniGian Lorenzo Bernini,
Model for the Lion on the Four Rivers Fountain,
ca. 1649–50
© Courtesy of Galleria dell'Accademia di San Luca, Rome
upper east side
(212) 535-7710
Sun-Thu 10-5:30; Fri-Sat 10-9

To visualize lifesize or colossal marbles, the great Roman Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) began by making small, spirited clay models. Fired as terracotta, these studies and related drawings preserve the first traces of the thought process that evolved into some of the most famous statuary in the city, including the fountains in the Piazza Navona and the angels on the Ponte Sant'Angelo. This exhibition assembles for the first time some fifty of these bozzetti and modelli, as well as thirty 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.

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