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“Material Bernini”: An International Symposium

November 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm - December 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

“Material Bernini”: An International Symposium

University of Toronto    November 30 – December 1, 2012


To view the event poster as a PDF, please click here.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Jackman Hall,  Art Gallery of Ontario



Keynote Speaker: C.D. Dickerson (Curator, Kimbell Art Museum, Texas)

“Bernini and Clay: Lessons from an Exhibition”

(C.D. Dickerson is co-curator of the exhibition Bernini. Sculpting in Clay, currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York)



Saturday, December 1, 2012

John H. Daniel’s School of Architecture, 230 College Street , Toronto

9:00 am-5pm



Evonne Levy (University of Toronto) and Carolina Mangone (University of


Introduction: A Material Bernini Abecedario


Steven F. Ostrow (University of Minnesota)

Bernini’s Terracotta Sketches and the Fire of Art

10:30-10:45 **Coffee Break**



Matt Kavaler (University of Toronto)

Long Before Duquesnoy:  Netherlandish Terracotta Sculpture at the Beginning of the Early Modern Era



Joris van Gastel (Humboldt University)

Body and Clay: Material Agency from a Seventeenth-Century Perspective


12:15-1:30 **Lunch Break**


Maarten Delbeke (Ghent University/Leiden University)

The matter of metaphors. Three thoughts


Michael Cole (Columbia University)

Title tba

3:00-3:15 **Coffee Break**



Fabio Barry (University of St. Andrews)

Material/Immaterial Bernini


Frank Fehrenbach (Harvard University)

Title tba

4:45-5:00 **Concluding Discussion**


The Material Bernini Symposium is an academic event intended for students and interested members of the public. It is free of charge. Donations, however, are appreciated.


This symposium is supported by the Vice-Principal of Research, UTM; Murray Frum; The Art Gallery of Ontario; The Emil Goggio Chair of Italian Studies (University of Toronto); The Department of Art (University of Toronto); The Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (University of Toronto); Evonne Levy; The Students of FAH 493 at UTM.


For Further Information Contact the Symposium Organizers:

Evonne Levy or Carolina Mangone


November 30, 2012 @ 6:00 pm
December 1, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
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Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario; John H. Daniel’s School of Architecture, 230 College Street
Toronto, Canada