I (finally) got to see one of my good friends from high school this weekend, Wes, and we decided to go see the Bernini exhibit at the Kimbell Museum while we caught up. Well at the beginning there was a lot of catching up so much that we just sat and had some tea, well Wes went the coffee route, and talked.
The Bernini exhibit had his sketches of his sculpture visions, then the clay models he made which were set next to gigantic black and white photos of his sculptures. Since you can’t really take the sculptures that make up Rome’s public sights and ship them around the world.
It was really interesting to see the steps in the process of sculpting. I mean you think about all the prep work and then he has to sit down and produce his vision out of a solid block of marble. Amazing. Seriously amazing. I really really want to go back to Rome and see the Borghese Gallery which houses most of Bernini’s sculptures (those that are not parts of fountains or in the Vatican that is). The sculputre I most want to see is Pluto and Proserpina. In photos is looks so incredibly lifelike and I really want to see if in person so I can just stare at it. For a long time.
You weren’t allowed to take pictures in the exhibit. Boo.