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Bernini: Sculpting in Clay

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  • Editors: C. D. Dickerson III, Anthony Sigel, and Ian Wardropper
  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 432
  • Illustrations: 472 (437 in full color)
  • Binding: Clothbound
  • Dimensions: 9 1/2'' x 11''
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780300185003



Edited by C. D. Dickerson III, Anthony Sigel, and Ian Wardropper

The brilliantly expressive clay models created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, 15981680) as "sketches" for his works in marble offer extraordinary insights into his creative imagination. Although long admired, the terracotta models have never been the subject of detailed examination. This publication presents a wealth of new discoveries (including evidence of the artist's fingerprints imprinted on the clay), resolving lingering issues of attribution while giving readers a vivid sense of how the artist and his assistants fulfilled a steady stream of monumental commissions. Essays describe Bernini's education as a modeler; his approach to preparatory drawings; his use of assistants; and the response to his models by seventeenth-century collectors. Extensive research by conservators and art historians explores the different types of models created in Bernini's workshop. Richly illustrated, Bernini transforms our understanding of the sculptor and his distinctive and fascinating working methods.

432 pages, 472 illustrations (437 in full color). 9 1/2'' x 11''. Hardcover, clothbound.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

the catalog for a magnificent exhibition, currently at the Met in New York, focusing on the Italian master's use of hand-formed terracotta models as first drafts or sketches for his supremely refined marble sculptures of the human form, including the famed angels of the Ponte Sant' Angelo in Rome. These works, which still bear traces of Bernini's fingerprints in the clay, document the artist's acute powers of observation and profound expressive gifts, offering a peek into the creative process of a truly towering figure in Baroque art.
The Wall Street Journal

To know and understand the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), it is not enough to look at his finished sculptures. The thesis of this monumental art book is that Bernini's clay models and drawings reveal an even greater geniusAs a scholarly study of artistic process, the book is thorough and well organized, including equal shares of history and biography, art criticism, reception studies, historiography, and curatorial practiceAs a catalogue of Bernini's models, the book is equally as exhaustive, with enlarged photographs of key details
Publishers Weekly

it is the patient and imaginative analysis of fifty-two terracottas made by or related to Bernini thatis the core contribution of the catalogue.
The Burlington Magazine

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