In Bernini's world there are fountains, papal connections, competition, and sculptures that created and launched an art movement throughout the known world. In his early 20's Gian Lorenzo Bernini had already achieved fame through his skill as an artist-scupltor and architect, as well as a Knighthood by Pope Gregory XV.
Baroque was the definition of his work, which transcended his day and opened the door for upcoming artists to define and redefine the art of their generation. His many papal commissions ensured his security and fueled his competition to copy his work while they tried to drive him from his top rung of artistic success.
Bernini is known for some amazing sculptures; The Altar of the Blessed Sacrament, Saint Longinus, Apollo and Daphne, and The Ecstasy of St. Theresa. His fountains are world famous and reveal his love of motion and his fascination with the mysterious ocean. All of this has come to Fort Worth.
For the first time, 40 of Bernini's terracotta preliminary "sketch" models are on exhibit
together and reveal Bernini's process of imagination and translation of his creativity. The exhibit is beautiful and gives us an opportunity to delve into a mind that was ahead of it's time. 30 of Bernini's exploratory drawings are interspersed throughout the exhibit in addition to a video and media map revealing where his pieces are located. It is worth taking a free guided tour.