Kneeling Angel
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1937.63
People
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian (Naples, Italy 1598 - 1680 Rome, Italy)
Title
Kneeling Angel
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
1672
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
34 x 18.4 x 21.5 cm (13 3/8 x 7 1/4 x 8 7/16 in.)
Provenance
Bartolomeo Cavaceppi. Ferri inventory, 1799
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
1937
Object Number
1937.63
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. 14, pl. XXb

Irving Lavin, "The Bozzetti of Gianlorenzo Bernini" (Thesis, Harvard University, 1955), Unpublished, pp. 192, 194 ff.

Rudolf Wittkower, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the sculptor of the Roman Baroque [1st ed.], Phaidon Press (London, England, 1955), p. 240, fig. 94, no. 78

Luigi Grassi, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Edizioni dell'Ateneo (Rome, Italy, 1962), p. 140

Franco Borsi, Bernini Architetto, Electa (Milan, Italy, 1980), p. 346

Irving Lavin, Drawings by Gianlorenzo Bernini, from the Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig, exh. cat., The Art Museum, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, 1981), p. 323 fn. 2

Charles Scribner, III, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1991), p. 46 fig. 69

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. 33, p. 124, repr. as fig. 101

Laura Falaschi, "Il Ciborio del Santissimo Sacramento in San Pietro in Vaticano Secondo, i designi e i progetti di Gian Lorenzo Bernini da Urbano VIII Barberini a Clemente X Altiers", L'ultimo Bernini 1665-1680 : nuovi argomenti, documenti e immagini, ed. Valentino Martinelli, Quasar (Rome, Italy, 1996), no. 23, p. 102; repr. in b/w p. 119 as fig. 27; p. 81

James Cuno, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, Harvard University Art Museums/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), pp.174-175

Charles Avery, Bernini, Genius of the Baroque, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1997), fig. 146

Bruce Boucher, ed., Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova, exh. cat., Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven CT and London, 2001), p. 200, under no. 46

Maurizio Fagiolo dell'Arco, Berniniana: Novità sul regista del Barocco, Skira (Milan, 2002), repr. p. XLIV as fig. 55

"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. 1

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. 405 figs. 10, 11; p. 404

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

Colette Czapski Hemingway, "Borghini, Félibien, and Five Angels for the Altar of the Blessed Sacrament", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), vol. VI, no. 3, 151-161, figs. 163, 170, 187, 188

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

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, reproduced pp. 1A and 4E

Exhibition History

Christmas Seen by Baroque Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 12/08/1955 - 01/08/1956

The Italian and English Renaissance, Charles Hayden Memorial Library, Cambridge, 03/02/1958 - 03/20/1958

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

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 08 Rotation 2), Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 10/23/2008 - 11/16/2008

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 09 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/16/2009 - 11/08/2009

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 10 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/15/2010 - 11/06/2010

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

Verification Level

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