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Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture
28 Nov 2008 - 08 Mar 2009
The National Gallery of Canada is the sole Canadian venue for this international exhibition that explores the remarkable development of portrait sculpture in 17th-century Rome with 27 busts; 10 paintings; 12 drawings. Thanks to Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his contemporaries – Alessandro Algardi, Giuliano Finelli, François Duquesnoy, and Francesco Mochi – the portrait bust became an innovative and groundbreaking art form. These sculptors sought to capture likeness, character, and even the appearance of life, coaxing a living, breathing portrait from the intractable medium of stone through their virtuosic skill in carving. The rare opportunity to view these artists’ works in close proximity sheds light on the remarkable artistic innovations of the period and provides a glimpse into the relationships among these artists as well as their individual styles. Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture is co-organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the J. Paul Getty Museum.