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The Model for the Fountain of the Moor

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New research reveals the particular methods that Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the most famous sculptor of the 17th-century, used to create his brilliantly expressive clay models. CD Dickerson III, curator of European art at the Kimbell Art Museum, and Tony Sigel, conservator of objects and sculpture at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard Art Museums, examine the Modello for the Fountain of the Moor, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, collection Kimbell Art Museum. This dramatic sculpture of a triton (a minor sea-deity of Greek mythology) grappling with a fish atop a gigantic shell was made by Bernini as a presentation model for Pope Innocent X Pamphili, who in 1651 commissioned the artist to design a new centerpiece for the fountain at the south end of the Piazza Navona in Rome.



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