Examine Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Achievements and His Papal Connections During Lecture October 2 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

September 16, 2005

Kathleen Morris, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s director of exhibitions and collections and curator of decorative arts, will explore the career of 17th century sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini with “The Power Beneath Michelangelo’s Dome: Bernini and the Popes.” This free lecture will be held in the Clark auditorium on Sunday, October 2 at 2 pm, as part of Art in the World, a series exploring international issues in the art field.

Bernini lived at a time – the seventeenth century - when the papacy was among the most important political powers in Europe. The construction of St. Peter’s and its interior decoration were completed during Bernini’s life – and much of it under his direction. During his long career Bernini served a total of eight popes. His close relationship to many of these men brought him international fame and enormous power in the Roman art world, but maintaining papal favor was not always easy. This lecture will examine Bernini’s relationships with the popes and the amazing works of art that resulted from this collaboration.

Prior to joining the Clark staff in 2005, Morris was associate director for exhibitions and collections management, and curator of European sculpture, decorative arts, and prints at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Virginia in 2005. Her dissertation dealt with contemporary sources on the life and art of Bernini.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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