Angel With The Superscription
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1937.67
People
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian (Naples, Italy 1598 - 1680 Rome, Italy)
Title
Angel with the Superscription
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Standing Angel with Scroll
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
c. 1667 -1668
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Lazio, Rome
Culture
Italian
Location
Level 2, Room 2520, European Art, 17th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Terracotta
Dimensions
28.9 x 17.1 x 13.8 cm (11 3/8 x 6 3/4 x 5 7/16 in.)
Provenance
Bartolomeo Cavaceppi. Pacetti inventory, 1802
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 Fog Art Museum, 1937.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing and Friends of the Fogg Art Museum Funds
Accession Year
1937
Object Number
1937.67
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Richard Norton, Bernini and Other Studies in the History of Art, The Macmillan Company (New York, NY, 1914), p. 48 no. 17, pl. XXIIIa

Hans Gerhard Evers, Die Engelsbrucke in Rom, Verlag Gebr. Mann (Berlin, Germany, 1948), p. 15, abb. 6

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

Irving Lavin, "The Bozzetti of Gianlorenzo Bernini" (Thesis, Harvard University, 1955), Unpublished, p. 185

Hans Kauffmann, Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini: Die figurlichen Kompositionen, Gebr. Mann Verlag (Berlin, Germany, 1970), p. 302, pl. 185b

Mark S. Weil, The History and Decoration of the Ponte S. Angelo, Pennsylvania State University Press (University Park, PA, 1974), p. 48, p. 50 fig. 41

Harriet Feigenbaum Chamberlain, "The Influence of Galileo on Bernini's Saint Mary Magdalen and St. Jerome", Apollo (1977), vol. LIX, p. 80, p. 81 fig. 18

Charles Avery, Fingerprints of the Artist: European Terra-Cotta Sculpture..., exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1981), p. 21 fig. 15

Michael P. Mezzatesta, The Art of Gianlorenzo Bernini: Selected Sculpture, exh. cat., Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, TX, 1982), no pages, fig. 44

Catherine M. Soussloff, "Old Age and Old-Age Style in the 'Lives' of Artists: Gianlorenzo Bernini", Art Journal (1987), vol. XLVI, no. 2, p. 116 fig. 3

Helga Tratz, "Werkstatt und Arbeitsweise Berninis", Romisches Jahrbuch fur Kunstgeschichte (1988), bd. 23/24, p. 449, p. 450 fig. 25

Maria Grazia Tolomeo Speranza, "La decorazione del ponte", La Via degli Angeli, ed. Luisa Cardilli Alloisi, De Luca Edizioni d'Arte (Rome, Italy, 1988), p. 72, fig. 31

Rudolf Wittkower, Bernini: The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque, Electa (Milan, Italy, 1990), p. 289

Maria Giulia Barberini, Sculture in Terracotta del Barocco Romano: Bozzetti e Modelli del Museo Nazional, exh. cat., Fratelli Palombi Editori (Rome, Italy, 1991), p. 48

Sergej O. Androsov, Alle origini di Canova: le terrecotte della collezione Farsetti, exh. cat., Marsilio Editore (Venice, Italy, 1991), p. 66

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. 14, p. 119; repr. in b/w as fig. 89

Charles Avery, Bernini, Genius of the Baroque, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1997), pp. 165-169, fig. 221

Maria Giulia Barberini, "Base or Noble Material? Clay Sculpture in 17th and 18th Century Italy", Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, and London, 2001), pp. 43-59, p. 54, repr. as fig. 59

Bruce Boucher, "Bernini's Models for the Angels of the Ponte Sant' Angelo in Rome", Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, and London, 2001), pp. 60-66, p. 64, repr. as fig. 64; detail repr. as fig. 69; p. 200

"The Object of Art Museums", Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public Trust, ed. James Cuno, Princeton University Press/Harvard University Art Museums (Princeton, NJ / Cambridge, MA, 2004), pp. 49-75, p. 56, repr. as fig. 2

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)

"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

Irving Lavin, "Calculated Spontaneity: Bernini and the Terracotta Sketch", Apollo (May 1978), vol. CVII, no. 195, pp. 398-405, p. 404, p. 401 fig. 4

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

Mark S. Weil, "Bernini Drawings and Bozzetti for the Ponte Sant' Angelo: A New Look", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), vol. VI, no. 3, 144-150

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

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, pp. 42-44

"Drawings by Gianlorenzo Bernini from the Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig", M Preview, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, summer 1982), repr. in b/w (n.p.)

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

Exhibition History

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

Drawings by Gianlorenzo Bernini from the Museum der Bildenden Kunste Leipzig, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 08/19/1982 - 10/10/1982

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

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

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