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Bernini in Focus

June 23 to October 7, 2007

Bernini in Focus

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Corpus, (detail) c. 1655. AGO, gift of the Murray Frum family, 2006. Photo copyright: Salander-OReilly Galleries/Maggie Nimkin

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1678) was celebrated across Europe as a sculptor, both in marble and bronze. He brought a new naturalism to his portraits and religious subjects that startled his contemporaries. Only a handful of Berninis sculptures exist outside of Italy. The AGO is the proud owner of two of them, received as gifts from the Murray Frum family and Joey and Toby Tanenbaum.

Corpus (c. 1650), one of the largest bronzes by Bernini, will be on public display for the time. Bernini cast this sculpture of the dying Christ three times once for the king of Spain, once for the king of France and once for himself. The AGO bronze was part of Bernini's personal collection until 1665.

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