Bernini in Action: Gesture and Technique in Clay

Anthony Sigel, Guest Curator, and Conservator of Objects and Sculpture, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums outlines the research and discoveries made by himself and his fellow curators as part of the preparation for the exhibition “Bernini: Sculpting in Clay.” By researching how Bernini sculpted his models, Sigel determines which figures Bernini created himself and which ones were likely created by assistants. His lecture includes his own photographs of the models and detailed descriptions of Bernini’s methods.

The exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay is on view from October 3, 2012–January 6, 2013 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The exhibition and catalogue are made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth.

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