Head Of Saint Jerome
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian (Naples, Italy 1598 - 1680 Rome, Italy)
Head of Saint Jerome
Work Type
c. 1661
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Lazio, Rome
Level 2, Room 2520, European Art, 17th century
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Physical Descriptions
35.1 x 28.7 x 22.9 cm (13 13/16 x 11 5/16 x 9 in.)
Giovanni Piancastelli, Rome, Italy, Sold to Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee, 1905. Piancastelli was the curator of the Galleria Borghese.
Mrs. Edward D. (Mary B.) Brandegee, 1905, Sold to Fogg Art Museum, 1937.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing and Friends of the Fogg Art Museum Funds
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Richard Norton, Bernini and Other Studies in the History of Art, The Macmillan Company (New York, NY, 1914), p. 47 no. 11, pl. XVIII

Irving Lavin, "The Bozzetti of Gianlorenzo Bernini" (Thesis, Harvard University, 1955), Unpublished, pp. 138-141

Rudolf Wittkower, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the sculptor of the Roman Baroque [1st ed.], Phaidon Press (London, England, 1955), p. 226

Maria Vittoria Brugnoli, "Un Bozzetto del Bernini per il 'San Girolamo' ", Arte Antica e Moderna, Casa Editrice G. C. Sansoni (Florence, Italy, 1961), 13/16, p. 293 fn. 2

Hans Kauffmann, Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini: Die figurlichen Kompositionen, Gebr. Mann Verlag (Berlin, Germany, 1970), pl. 129

Irving Lavin, Drawings by Gianlorenzo Bernini, from the Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig, exh. cat., The Art Museum, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, 1981), p. 232, fig. 85

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), cat. 146, p. 129, repr.

Giancarlo Gentilini and Carlo Sisi Gentilini, La Scultura: Bozzetti in terracotta, piccoli marmi e altre sculture dal XIV al X, S.P.E.S. (Florence, Italy, 1989), p. 230, p. 232 fig. 150

Maria Giulia Barberini and Carlo Gasparri, "I bozzetti ed i modelli dei secoli XVI-XVIII della collezione di Bartolomeo Cavaceppi", exh. cat., Fratelli Palombi Editori (Rome, Italy, 1994), no. 40, p. 125, repr. as fig. 106

Charles Avery, Bernini, Genius of the Baroque, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1997), fig. 211

C. D. Dickerson III, Tony Sigel, Ian Wardropper, Andrea Bacchi, Tomaso Montanari, and Stephen E. Ostrow, Bernini Sculpting in Clay, exh. cat. (New York, 2012)

Penelope J. E. Davies, Walter B. Denny, Frima Fox Hofrichter, Joseph Jacobs, Ann M. Roberts, and David L. Simon, Janson's History of Art: The Western Tradition, Pearson and Laurence King Publishing Ltd. (Boston, 2016), p. 688, repr.

"Bernini Bozzetti for America: Sketches by the Baroque Genius for the Fogg Art Museum", Art News, Art News (New York, NY, June 4, 1938), vol. XXXVI, pp. 11-12

Leonard Opdycke, "A Group of Models for Berninesque Sculptures", Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, March 1938), vol. VII, no. 2, p. 29; repr. on cover

Sarah McPhee, "Bernini's Sculpture in Clay", The Burlington Magazine (March 2013), CLV, No.1320, pp. 208-210, p. 210, repr. p. 210 as fig. 66

Irving Lavin, "Calculated Spontaneity: Bernini and the Terracotta Sketch", Apollo (May 1978), vol. CVII, no. 195, pp. 398-405, p. 398 fig. 1, p. 402

Eugene F. Farrell, Henry Lie, and Suzanne M. M. Young, "Clay Analysis", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), VI, 3, 39-47, p. 43

Tony Sigel, "The Clay Modeling Techniques of Gian Lorenzo Bernini", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), VI, 3, 48-72

Nancy Lloyd, "Fingerprints", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), VI, No. 3, 119-124

Gaile Robinson, Super models. For years, a curator shaped and molded a dream exhibit: a collection of terra-cotta 'sketches' by 17th-century master sculptor Bernini, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1A, 4E-7E, Sunday, February 3, 2013, p. 6E, reproduced and discussed

Exhibition History

In Memoriam: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/1980 - 10/15/1980

Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Sketches in Clay, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/28/1998 - 06/30/2008

Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/03/2012 - 01/06/2013; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 02/03/2013 - 05/05/2013

32Q: 2520 Winter Garden, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014

Subjects and Contexts

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