After the Getty Museum of Los Angeles, the â€˜National Gallery of Canada’ of Ottawa will dedicated an exhibition (from 25th November to 8thMarch 2009), to one of the greatest Italian seventeenth-century artist: Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The event, entitled “Bernini and the birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture”, plans the exhibition of about 60 works (15 drawings, 30 sculptures and 15 oils of the same artist), many of which are borrowed by various Italian museums, which until this moment jealously took care of the artist’s masterpieces.
The exhibition, which in the last two months had a great success between Americans and also Italians who live in the USA, is subdivided into areas according to the subject, which are organized in chronological order, following the painter’s career, and showing the visitors the whole artistic itinerary of the genius.
But even if all Bernini’s works have something to tell, everyone’s attention (exhibition organizers and visitors) particularly focused on his busts creation. Busts sculptor par excellence, Bernini was able to put tradition aside, because before him, the bust could just immortalize figures as popes or emperors, whereas Bernini with his art, paid homage also to cardinals and aristocrats.
The importance of this production is so great that one of the most admired and valued works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini is the pope Urban 8th bust, which is part of the private collection of Prince Corsini of Florence and which only recently was attributed to Bernini.
The exhibition is meant to increase the value of this Neapolitan artist, who made the Italian Baroque Era one of the most productive and prolific periods in the history of art, guaranteeing in this way an international success to him and our country.