Skip to main content

Light and Shade

Mar 12, 2013 03:29PM, Published by tina, Categories: In Print, Today


Gian Lorenzo Bernini Kneeling Angel (detail), 1672 Terracotta Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing and Friends of the Fogg Art Museum Funds (1937.63). Imaging Department © President and Fellows of Harvard College



Bernini: Sculpting In Clay at the Kimball Art Museum

Many know him best from his iconic depiction of Apollo and Daphne. Others have been so lucky as to see his work all over modern Rome, as vital today as it was 400 years ago.

During that time, Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) brought sculpture to new heights, elevating the form by infusing it with realness and life. His pieces, created over a 70-year career, still stand in today’s Rome, adorning piazzas, fountains and cathedrals. Widely considered the Michelangelo of his day, Bernini was the greatest sculptor of the 16th century and laid the groundwork for what would become the baroque movement by infusing his work with drama and naturalism.

But before Bernini took a chisel to stone, he prepared for his work through models and sketches. Fort Worth’s Kimball Museum of Art brings Bernini’s models and sketches together for Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, open until April 14. Both scholars and lovers of Bernini’s work have enjoyed the opportunity to better understand the artist through the study of these works. The pieces have even been used to confirm Bernini’s authorship in the cases of several disputed works. “This is the type of groundbreaking exhibition that the Kimbell Art Museum is known for,” says Eric M. Lee, the Museum’s director.

The exhibit brings to life Bernini’s artistic process and lays open his fertile imagination. He typically began his work with quick sculptural sketches — bozetti — similar to the drawings a painter might make before committing to a larger work. Later he would move on to clay models — modelli — often done in terracotta. These models were used as previews for benefactors, to win commissions or as guides for the assistants who completed his work. With a vivid imagination and working rapidly, Bernini often switched between sketching and molding, using both media to explore his work before he committed to stone or bronze.

The casual viewer will enjoy the intimate tour through Bernini’s sculpting studio. “[The exhibit] not only examines Bernini’s artistic process in clay, but it also enables the viewer to establish a personal relationship with the artist by opening a portal into his extraordinary mind,” says Lee. His long-celebrated works come alive as the steps taken to create them are exposed for all to see through the exhibit’s 40 clay sculptures and 30 drawings.

“With over 70 magnificent works of art, seen in the light of a new understanding of the creative process, the exhibition brings a master sculptor’s genius to life once again,” Lee says.

Photo Credit:   

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Kneeling Angel, 1672

Terracotta
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing and Friends of the Fogg Art Museum Funds (1937.63). Imaging Department © President and Fellows of Harvard College 




kimball art museum bernini art culture


  • 2017 Mansfield Farmers Market

    06/24/2017
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    In continuous operation since 2004, the Mansfield Farmers Market has experienced a renaissance in...


  • HillsideFIT: June Run Club

    06/24/2017
    08:00AM — 09:00AM

    Get geared up for summer with Hillside Village‘s HillsideFIT, a free fitness series taught by exp...


  • In honor of Elise Cerami, an avid swimmer who drowned during swim practice last June, Swim4Elise ...


  • Mulch Madness

    06/24/2017
    08:30AM — 11:30AM

    Mansfield Water Utilities offers FREE mulch to Mansfield residents. Proof of residency required. ...


  • Medallion Help-Create - School is Out!

    06/24/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Hip, hip, hooray! School is out for summer! Vetro is celebrating summer break with fire and flame...


  • Father's Appreciation

    06/24/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    BBQ - Disc Golf Cage - Football & Basketball Toss New enrollment at event will receive a waived ...


  • Brunch Time!

    06/24/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Watch our resident critters enjoy their Brunch every Saturday at 10am! Our arachnids and amphibia...


  • Dog Days at Athleta

    06/24/2017
    11:00AM — 03:00PM

    Athleta has teamed up with Operation Kindness! Looking for a forever best friend? Come meet the a...


  • Summer of Seventeen

    06/24/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Activities Lunch is served weekdays at 11:30 a.m. You must RSVP by 12:00 p.m. the day before by ...


  • Something Rotten

    06/24/2017
    06:30PM

    | Broadway’s hilarious new smash Something Rotten! tells the tale of two brothers, Nick and Nigel...


  • Me & My Monkey

    06/24/2017
    08:00PM — 09:30AM

    WHO: Me & My Monkey, "The Beatles" Tribute Band WHAT: MasterWorks Concert Series ...


  • The Grand Prairie Arts Council presents ALL SHOOK UP The story is all new, the hits are all E...


  • Dine For Dragons: June 27

    06/27/2017
    07:00AM — 12:00AM

    Eat in. Take out. Help fuel Carroll Education Foundation with every meal on June 27. Restaurants ...


  • In honor of Elise Cerami, an avid swimmer who drowned during swim practice last June, Swim4Elise ...


  • Summer Art Camps

    06/27/2017
    09:00AM

    All summer long, and during other school breaks, we will be holding half day camps and week long ...


  • Summer Art Camps

    06/27/2017
    09:00AM

    Throughout the year Art House provides art camps for ages 5-16. During school breaks, and through...


  • Yoga Around the World - Morning Session

    06/27/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Journey around the world as we explore how yoga is practiced in various countries. This camp will...


  • Cooking Show Favorites Camp

    06/27/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    Ready, set, cook! Inspired by our favorite cooking shows, we’ll head to the Kitchen for a unique ...


  • Yoga Around the World - Afternoon Session

    06/27/2017
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    Journey around the world as we explore how yoga is practiced in various countries. This camp will...


  • Urban Foodies Camp: Deep in the Heart

    06/27/2017
    02:00PM — 05:00PM

    Join us as we taste our way around the city and tour Southlake’s finest food vendors, restaurants...


  • In honor of Elise Cerami, an avid swimmer who drowned during swim practice last June, Swim4Elise ...


  • Summer Art Camps

    06/30/2017
    09:00AM

    Throughout the year Art House provides art camps for ages 5-16. During school breaks, and through...


  • Summer Art Camps

    06/30/2017
    09:00AM

    All summer long, and during other school breaks, we will be holding half day camps and week long ...


  • Athleta Girl Summer Camp - Dance Series

    06/30/2017
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    June's Athleta Girl Summer Camp Series wraps up with a dance class led by Miss Twister Dance Comp...


  • Cooking Show Favorites Camp

    06/30/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    Ready, set, cook! Inspired by our favorite cooking shows, we’ll head to the Kitchen for a unique ...


  • Urban Foodies Camp: Deep in the Heart

    06/30/2017
    02:00PM — 05:00PM

    Join us as we taste our way around the city and tour Southlake’s finest food vendors, restaurants...


  • PARTY ON!

    06/30/2017
    07:00PM — 10:30PM

    Join us each Friday night for our weekly ballroom dance party! A great mix of ballroom, latin, c...


Read This Month's Digital Issue
Stay connected with us
Follow us on Instagram