Bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino by Gian Lorenzo Bernini | Fine Art Connoisseur
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680), “Bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino,” 1621–24, marble, 30 7/8 x 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 in., Church of the Gesú, photo: Zeno Colantoni

The Holy Name, Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age
Through May 19, 2018
Fairfield, Connecticut

In an exhibition titled “The Holy Name, Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age,” the Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM) will soon showcase masterpieces from Rome’s Church of the Gesù — the splendidly decorated headquarters of the Jesuit order (Society of Jesus) and a key monument of the late Renaissance. This is the first time that many of these artworks will visit America, including Bernini’s marble bust of Cardinal Bellarmino, the patron saint of Fairfield University.

“Together these masterpieces tell the fascinating and intertwined stories of the church’s early history and splendid interior embellishment,” says FUAM, “and the foundational chapters of the Society of Jesus.”

On view will be more than 40 paintings, sculptures, objects, drawings, prints, illustrated books, and historical documents by Bernini, Domenichino, Gaulli, Ciro Ferri, Carlo Maratti, and Andrea Pozzo, among other Italian Baroque masters, including Gaulli’s monumental model of the church’s apse.

“The Holy Name, Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age” is organized in celebration of Fairfield University’s 75th anniversary and is complemented by an array of programs, lectures, and special events, all free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted).

For more information, please visit fairfield.edu/museum.


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