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Exhibitions Close Up - Bernini: Sculpting in Clay

Sheryl E. Reiss, Author

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A for Networking Visual Culture Project

Thanks to a generous grant from the Mellon-funded Alliance for Networking Visual Culture (, has been able to complete a pilot project using the Scalar multimedia digital platform to create a “book” that will permit its readers to experience virtually the recent exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay (in its showing at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas). The project features a number of elements including an introductory essay; a video walkthrough that permits visitors to this website to experience the exhibition as if moving through galleries, circulating around vitrines, and looking closely at objects; a floor plan of the exhibition; comparative illustrations of some of Bernini’s finished works; educational videos on Bernini's modeling techniques as seen in his bozzetti for the Ponte Sant'Angelo in Rome, on his Kimbell modello for the Fountain of the Moor, and on his transformation of the city of Rome; critical reviews by a scholar and an artist; an interview with one of the exhibition’s curators; and suggestions for further reading with links to books reviewed on (as well as to book reviews and articles on Bernini in The Art Bulletin). This project will permit readers of and others who were unable to visit this important show to experience it in a number of ways enabled by the Scalar digital platform. It is our hope at the journal that the project will demonstrate the usefulness of multimedia capabilities to enhance future exhibition reviews on

Sheryl E. Reiss
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