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In conjunction with the exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay (on view October 3, 2012–January 6, 2013), Tod Marder, Professor II, Department of Art History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, outlines the methods Bernini used to design and construct the fountains in Piazza Navona in Rome. Marder also discusses how Bernini's use of models helped him gain valuable commissions and ensure that his fountains would be accurately constructed.
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Maria Magdalena, Archduchess of Austria, Grand-Duchess of Tuscany
Louis XIII, King of France (b. 1601, reigned 1610-1643)
Marie de'Médicis, Queen Mother of France (b. 1573, r. 1610-42)
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 544
Coiffed and bejeweled in the height of turn-of-the-century courtly fashion, a female nude reclines in a pool of water. The overturned urn and the cornucopia she holds identify her as a personification of a natural spring, a favorite subject of the School of Fontainebleau. The scoop shape suggests that the cup was a toilet accessory, possibly used for bathing, although its fine state of preservation indicates that it likely served a purely decorative function.
Marking: On stickers:
2] 6761 (Berwind list number)
Possibly Émile Gavet (until 1897, possibly this piece; sale, Collection de M. Emile Gavet, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 31–June 9, 1897, no. 514)
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