Friday, November 16, 2012

Bernini, Sculpting in Clay

During our stay in NYC in October John and I enjoyed an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were showing Baroque Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini's clay models for his commissions in Rome.
His marble sculpture, Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children (ca. 1616-17) greets the visitor at the entrance of the exhibition.
Photography was forbidden but as you can see visitors, myself included, simply can't resist recording the experience. That's a terracotta study for the drinking lion from the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in the foreground.
This is a study for one of the River Gods from the same fountain.
And here's my photo of the fountain in the Piazza Navona from our visit to Rome in 2010.
I loved this terracotta study by a contemporary of Bernini's; Sea Deity with Dolphin (ca. 1652-53, attributed to Antonio Raggi).
Equally thrilling is this early study for Angel with the Superscription (ca 1667-68)
and here is my photo of the final version in marble
which was commissioned for the Ponte Sant'Angelo in Rome.

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