Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture

The J. Paul Getty Museum website has provided this online resource about the Bernini exhibition held at the Getty Center from 5 August to 26 October, 2008, which was entitled `Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture'.
Twenty of nearly 60 Baroque works from public and private collections featured in the exhibition are available to view on the website in a slideshow, which enables users to zoom in on particular features, and listen to an audio commentary, where available. The website also provides a link to an audio overview of the exhibition. The text of the website discusses Bernini and his work in short sections, under the following headings: What is Baroque?; The Barberini Family in Rome; and Absolute Art for Absolute Power. Each section is illustrated with one of Bernini`s portrait busts. A link is also provided to a two-minute video on carving marble with traditional tools.
Access: Free