Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Italian, 1598-1680:
Modello for the Moor, 1653
Terracotta; 31 3/4 in. (80.5 cm) high
Kimbell Art Museum, acquired 2003
Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimball at 40
FORT WORTH, TEXAS • Kimbell Art Museum • 4 October - 30 December 2012
|This exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Kimbell Art Museum on 4 October 1972. For this exhibition, more than 220 masterpieces from the collection are on view throughout the Museum’s galleries. |
The Kimbell Art Foundation, which owns and operates the Museum, was established in the 1930s by Kay and Velma Kimbell in partnership with Kay’s sister and her husband, Dr. and Mrs. Coleman Carter, shortly after Mr. and Mrs. Kimbell purchased their first paintings. They continued to collect artworks, mostly portraits of the British and French schools of the 18th and 19th centuries, and when Mr. Kimbell died, in 1964, he left his collection and entire personal fortune to the Foundation.
Although acquisitions of the first decade (1965–75) included several works that today rank among the treasures of the collection (the Maya Stela with a Ruler and Monet’s Point de la Hève at Low Tide), only after the estate was fully settled in 1975 was it possible to add on a regular basis such important examples as Duccio’s Raising of Lazarus, El Greco’s Portrait of Dr. Francisco de Pisa, and Cézanne’s Man in a Blue Smock. During the 1980s and 1990s, more than 100 works were acquired, among them masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Mantegna, Caravaggio, Georges de La Tour, Velázquez, Picasso, and Matisse. The Kimbell’s Asian, African, and pre-Columbian collections were also greatly enhanced by masterworks such as the Chinese Bodhisattva Torso, the Japanese Shaka Buddha, a terracotta Head, Possibly of a King from the Ife culture of Nigeria, a Standing Bodhisattva from the ancient region of Gandhara, and an inlaid figurine of a Standing Ruler from the Huari culture of Peru. Acquisitions of the highest caliber continue to enrich the collection, with the recent purchases of Bernini’s Modello for the Fountain of the Moor, Michelangelo’s Torment of Saint Anthony, and Poussin’s Sacrament of Ordination.
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