Bernini’s Faun Teased by Children (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 18)

Excerpted and adapted from Innovators in Sculpture. Faun Teased by Children is a technical tour de force by 18-year-old Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), whose career spanned seven decades. I’m a sucker for virtuosity; and besides, this makes me laugh. Michelangelo’s figures (Moses … Continue reading

Saint Gaudens’s Robert Louis Stevenson (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 17)

Knowledge is never wasted except on those too lazy to use it: Augustus Saint Gaudens produced exquisite portrait reliefs throughout his career using skills he learned at age thirteen, as a cameo-cutter. One of Saint Gaudens’s most popular portrait reliefs shows Robert Louis Stevenson, the … Continue reading