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Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680): <EM>Bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino</EM>, 1621–24 Marble, 30 7/8 x 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.Church of the GesúPhoto: Zeno Colantoni
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680): Bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino, 1621–24
Marble, 30 7/8 x 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.
Church of the Gesú
Photo: Zeno Colantoni
The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age
FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES  •  The Fairfield University Art Museum  •  1 February - 19 May 2018
The Fairfield University Art Museum is presenting a major international loan exhibition—The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age, which is on view in the museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries from February 1 through May 19, 2018. Its focus is the Church of the Gesù (Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesù all'Argentina) in Rome. The principal or mother church of the Society of Jesus, which was founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1540 in the charged religious and political climate of the Counter-Reformation, the Gesù is a testament to the power and prestige of the new religious order, its edifice a formidable symbol of the militant Church reborn. The long and at times fraught campaign to erect the church and embellish its interior, the imperative to formulate an imagery celebrating the order and its newly canonized saints, the competing visions of the Jesuits and their strong-willed patrons, and the boundless creative energies of the artists who realized the vastly ambitious project are all explored.

Masterpieces on view include art from the Gesù itself (never before lent to America), the most spectacular being the great Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s marble bust of Jesuit theologian and cardinal Roberto Bellarmino, and paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints from numerous museums and private collections in America.

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Contact: The Fairfield University Art Museum
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824
Tel: (1) 203 254 40 00

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