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Gallery Spotlight Talk: "Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age"

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1073 North Benson Road

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Join us Tuesdays through Friday at 2pm for a Gallery Spotlight Talk, taking a close look at a single object from the exhibition The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age (February 2 - May 19).

Each Gallery Spotlight will focus on a different painting, sculpture, drawing or print from this landmark international loan exhibition, which brings together artistic masterpieces from the Roman church of the Gesù (never before seen in America) together with a dazzling group of artworks from American museums and private collections. Together, these glorious works tell the fascinating stories of the foundation of the Society of Jesus in Rome and the long road to erect their new church, the Gesù, which houses some of the most iconic masterpieces of Italian Baroque art: the creation a new repertoire of images and subjects to celebrate the order’s new saints Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier; the gifted artists who realized the Jesuits’ vision and ambitions; and the powerful personalities whose wealth and authority made it all possible. The star of this extraordinary presentation is the great Italian baroque sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, whose marble portrait bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino from the Gesù is the highlight of the exhibition.

Admission is always free, but space for our Gallery Spotlights is limited to 15! Reserve your spot today.

Interested in arranging a private tour, or have a group larger than 15? Contact us directly at (203) 254-4046 or museum@fairfield.edu!

Image: Alessandro Algardi, Saint Ignatius Loyola with Saints and Martyrs of the Jesuit Order, designed ca. 1629. Bronze. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1938 (38.152.20)

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