Dear Patrons and Friends,
The Vatican Museums are full of secrets and stories seldom told. Today we will highlight a few clay art pieces, once simple models meant for a temporary purpose, destined to be destroyed, that are now timeless masterpieces.
We will also continue to follow Monsignor Hogan and his meditations on our collective journey towards Easter.
Let’s find out more!
THE TEMPORARY AND THE ETERNAL
Bernini’s rare clay cast models
The Vatican Pinacoteca is home to extremely rare clay cast models made by Bernini and Algardi, two protagonist sculptors of the 17th century. The materials are extremely delicate, and Bernini used these models before casting the definitive bronze works in Saint Peter’s Basilica. It is possible to see Bernini’s fingerprints in the clay, which is an exciting find!