Allegorical Figure
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian (Naples, Italy 1598 - 1680 Rome, Italy)
Allegorical Figure
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Relief with helmeted female figure
Work Type
figurine, sculpture
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Lazio, Rome
Level 2, Room 2520, European Art, 17th century
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Physical Descriptions
27 x 25.7 x 11.4 cm (10 5/8 x 10 1/8 x 4 1/2 in.)
Giovanni Piancastelli, Rome, Italy, Sold to Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee, 1905. 
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. 46 no. 1, pl. XI

Irving Lavin, "The Bozzetti of Gianlorenzo Bernini" (Thesis, Harvard University, 1955), Unpublished, p. 67 f.

Rudolf Wittkower, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the sculptor of the Roman Baroque [1st ed.], Phaidon Press (London, England, 1955), p. 191, cat. no. 26

Irving Lavin, Drawings by Gianlorenzo Bernini, from the Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig, exh. cat., The Art Museum, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, 1981), p. 76 fn. 10

Olga Raggio, "Bernini and the Collection of Cardinal Flavio Chigi", Apollo (1983), vol. CXVII, p. 370 fig. 5; p. 372

Irving Lavin, "Bernini's Memorial Plaque for Carlo Barberini", Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (1983), vol. XLII, no. 1, p. 6-10, p. 10 fig. 7

Yves Bonnefoy, Rome 1630: l'horizon du premier baroque, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1994), repr. p. 22 as fig. 13

Andrea Bacchi, ed., Sculture del '600 a Roma, Longanesi & Co. (Milan, Italy, 1996), pl. 133

Charles Avery, Bernini, Genius of the Baroque, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1997), p. 255, pl. 370

Tony Sigel, "The Clay Modeling Techniques of Melchiorre Cafà: A Preliminary Assessment", Melchiorre Cafà: Maltese Genius of the Roman Baroque, Midsea Books (Valetta, Malta, 2006), pp. 161-233, p. 229

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

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

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. 42-43

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. 5E, reproduced

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

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