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Ian B. Wardropper, Director, The Frick Collection
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the greatest Baroque sculptor, had a lasting impact on the city of Rome through vast projects at St. Peter's, church tomb complexes, fountains, and sculptures of angels that line a bridge across the Tiber River. To create these lifesize or colossal works, his fertile imagination first found expression in small clay models or sketches on paper. Ian Wardropper, one of the curators for Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, the first exhibition to assemble most of these preparatory studies, explains how these works functioned in the design process and what has been learned recently about his modeling techniques.
Above: Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian 1598-1680). Angel Carrying the Crown of Thorns, ca. 1667. Terracotta; 33 x 11.3 x 19 in. Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY
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