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In conjunction with the exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay (on view October 3, 2012–January 6, 2013), 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 he and his fellow curators made in preparation for the exhibition. By researching Bernini's methods, Sigel has determined 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.
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Tall jars without handles that slightly narrow at the waist were the most common form of container used in Italian pharmacies during the Renaissance. Usually produced in sets, these jars might have held either dry or liquid contents.
Miss Walters Cacciola ; C. & E. Canessa (by 1915) ; Mortimer L. Schiff (before 1927–46; Mortimer L. Schiff Collection sale, Parke- Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 4, 1946, no. 72; to French & Co. for MMA)
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