Bernini, Materials, and Race

Research Seminar

  • Public event without registration
  • Datum: 27.05.2024
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Vortragende: Evonne Levy
  • Ort: Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rome and online
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Bernini, Materials, and Race
That bronze and other black stony materials could be – but were not always – signifiers of the black body haunts the art of bronze casting through Cordier and Carpeaux and even to the work of Kehinde Wiley today. This talk looks at the traces of the beginnings of these same debates in the milieu of Gianlorenzo Bernini.

The use of bronze and other dark stones for portrait and figurative sculpture during Bernini’s lifetime suggests that some sculptural media could be ethnically or even racially coded. In the increasingly heterogeneous world of seventeenth-century Rome we can first detect a sustained conversation and tension around the racial signifying power of sculptural materials and the competing aesthetic ideas carried by the same materials.

Evonne Levy is Distinguished Professor of Early Modern Art at the University of Toronto

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Scientific Organization: Ariella Minden

Image: Gianlorenzo Bernini, Bust of Scipione Borghese, marble, 1623, Galleria Borghese, Rome. Photo: Galleria Borghese
Kehinde Wiley, Kanye, bronze, 2015, Photo: The Box, Plymouth

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