Professor Louise Rice lectures on the Minneapolis St Paul

8 Feb

Professor Louise Rice will speak on Andrea Bergondi’s colossal marble statue of St Paul the First Hermit in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on Saturday, February 11. Unveiled in 1775 over the high altar of the church of San Paolo Primo Eremita in Rome, the sculpture was originally set within a stucco landscape representing the saint’s cave and lit to highly theatrical effect by a hidden window. Today the setting is lost but the statue survives as a precious fragment of one of the last great baroque altarpieces in Rome. The recent cleaning and restoration of the saint provides an ideal opportunity for reassessing this important example of 18th-century sculpture. Dr Eike Schmidt, James Ford Bell Curator of Sculpture at the MIA, will also speak; he and Professor Rice are preparing an article on Bergondi’s sculpture for publication. (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Saturday, February 11 at 11:00 AM)

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