"NEW YORK, NY.- To visualize life-size or colossal marbles, the great Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) began by rapidly modeling small clay sketches. Fired as terracotta, these studies are bold, expressive works in their own right. Together with related drawings, they preserve the first traces of Bernini’s fervid imagination and unique creative process that evolved into some of the most famous and spectacular statuary in Rome, including the fountains in the Piazza Navona and the angels on the Ponte Sant’ Angelo. Bernini: Sculpting in Clay features 39 of these terracotta sketch models, shown together for the first time, with 30 drawings. Due to unprecedented loans especially granted for this occasion, the exhibition is the first to retrace Bernini’s unparalleled approach to sculptural design and his use of vigorous clay studies and drawings in directing the largest workshop of his time. The exhibition offers viewers a more profound insight into the artist’s dazzling creative mind and his impact on the fabric of Baroque Rome."
"Spanning 5,000 years via classical gods, Japanese incense burners and Henry Moore, the Royal Academy's display is the largest cross-cultural show of bronze sculpture ever attempted.
For more than 5,000 years, bronze has been used as an artistic medium for creating sculptures, from antiquity in the Middle East, China, Egypt and Greece to rising prominence in Asia, Africa and the rest of Europe.
The Royal Academy of Arts celebrates this long inheritance with this unique and wide-ranging exhibition featuring an eclectic and diverse selection of 150 of the most outstanding bronze sculptures in the world from prehistory to the present."