Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian (Naples, Italy 1598 - 1680 Rome, Italy)
Angel with the Crown of Thorns
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Angel with Crown of Thorns
Work Type
c. 1668
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Lazio, Rome
Persistent Link
Level 2, Room 2520, European Art, 17th century
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Physical Descriptions
45 x 22.8 x 21.4 cm (17 11/16 x 9 x 8 7/16 in.)
Giovanni Piancastelli, Rome, Italy, Sold to Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee, 1905. Piancastelli was the curator of the Galleria Borghese.
Mrs. Edward D. (Mary B.) Brandegee, 1905, Sold to Fogg Art Museum, 1937.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing and Friends of the Fogg Art Museum Funds
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Richard Norton, Bernini and Other Studies in the History of Art, The Macmillan Company (New York, NY, 1914), p. 48, no. 16, pl. XXII

Leonard Opdycke, "A Group of Models for Berninesque Sculptures", Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, March 1938), vol. VII, no. 2, p. 29, repr. p. 28 fig. 3

"Bernini Bozzetti for America: Sketches by the Baroque Genius for the Fogg Art Museum", Art News, Art News (New York, NY, June 4, 1938), vol. XXXVI, pp. 11-12

Irving Lavin, "The Bozzetti of Gianlorenzo Bernini" (PhD diss., Harvard University, 1955), Unpublished, p. 183 ff.

Hanno-Walter Kruft and Lars Olaf Larsson, "Entwurfe Berninis fur die Engelbrucke in Rom", Münchner Jahrbuch der Bildenden Kunst (1966), vol. 17, p. 153, p. 155 fig. 16

Hans Kauffmann, Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini: Die figurlichen Kompositionen, Gebr. Mann Verlag (Berlin, Germany, 1970), pl. 178

Mark S. Weil, The History and Decoration of the Ponte S. Angelo, Pennsylvania State University Press (University Park, PA, 1974), p. 48, plate p. 51

Irving Lavin, "Calculated Spontaneity: Bernini and the Terracotta Sketch", Apollo (May 1978), vol. CVII, no. 195, pp. 398-405, p. 404, p. 402 fig. 6

Irving Lavin, Drawings by Gianlorenzo Bernini, from the Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig, exh. cat., Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton, NJ, 1981), p. 292 fn. 7, p. 289 fig. 102

Michael P. Mezzatesta, The Art of Gianlorenzo Bernini: Selected Sculpture, exh. cat., Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, TX, 1982), n.p., fig. 46

Olga Raggio, "Bernini and the Collection of Cardinal Flavio Chigi", Apollo (1983), vol. CXVII, p. 376, fig. 19

Maria Grazia Tolomeo Speranza, "La decorazione del ponte", La Via degli Angeli, ed. Luisa Cardilli Alloisi, De Luca Edizioni d'Arte (Rome, Italy, 1988), p. 62, fig. 16

Helga Tratz, "Werkstatt und Arbeitsweise Berninis", Romisches Jahrbuch fur Kunstgeschichte (1988), bd. 23/24, p. 447 fig. 21

Rudolf Wittkower, Bernini: The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque, Electa (Milan, Italy, 1990), p. 289

Maria Giulia Barberini, Sculture in Terracotta del Barocco Romano: Bozzetti e Modelli del Museo Nazional, exh. cat., Fratelli Palombi Editori (Rome, Italy, 1991), p. 48

Maria Giulia Barberini and Carlo Gasparri, "I bozzetti ed i modelli dei secoli XVI-XVIII della collezione di Bartolomeo Cavaceppi", exh. cat., Fratelli Palombi Editori (Rome, Italy, 1994), no. 35, p. 124; repr. as fig. 104

Andrea Bacchi, ed., Sculture del '600 a Roma, Longanesi & Co. (Milan, Italy, 1996), pl. 174

Charles Avery, Bernini, Genius of the Baroque, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1997), pp. 165-169, fig. 223

From the Sculptor's Hand: Italian Baroque Terracottas from the State Hermitage Museum, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1998), p. 80, under no. 19

Mark S. Weil, "Bernini Drawings and Bozzetti for the Ponte Sant' Angelo: A New Look", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), vol. VI, no. 3, 144-150

Eugene F. Farrell, Henry Lie, and Suzanne M. M. Young, "Clay Analysis", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), VI, 3, 39-47, pp. 42-43

Nancy Lloyd, "Fingerprints", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), VI, No. 3, 119-124

Tony Sigel, "The Clay Modeling Techniques of Gian Lorenzo Bernini", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, ed. Ivan Gaskell and Henry Lie, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 1999), VI, 3, 48-72

Bruce Boucher, "Bernini's Models for the Angels of the Ponte Sant' Angelo in Rome", Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, and London, 2001), pp. 60-66, p. 62, repr. as fig. 65; p. 65, repr. as figs. 71 and 72; p. 64, repr. as fig.70

Andrew Butterfield, Bernini: The Modello for the Fountain of the Moor, exh. cat., Salander-O'Reilly Galleries (New York, 2002), p. 38, repr. in b/w as fig. 6

C. D. Dickerson III, Tony Sigel, Ian Wardropper, Andrea Bacchi, Tomaso Montanari, and Stephen E. Ostrow, Bernini Sculpting in Clay, exh. cat. (New York, 2012)

Exhibition History

In Memoriam: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/1980 - 10/15/1980

Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Sketches in Clay, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/28/1998 - 06/30/2008

Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/03/2012 - 01/06/2013; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 02/03/2013 - 05/05/2013

32Q: 2520 Winter Garden, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

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