- Bernini's Rome: Italian Baroque Terracottas from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
- October 11, 1998 – January 18, 1999
- West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 38, 39, 40
This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.
Overview: 34 terracottas from Russia's State Hermitage Museum were shown, including works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Alessandro Algardi and other 17th- and early 18th- century Italian sculptors. The works, brought to Russia by Tsar Paul I in 1800, were "bozzetti," three-dimensional terracotta sketches for larger marble or bronze works.
Organization: The exhibition was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Ian B. Wardropper, Eloise W. Martin Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture and Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, was the curator.
Sponsor: Republic National Bank of New York, Safra Republic Holdings S.A., Luxembourg, and Banco Safra S.A., Brazil, made the exhibition possible.
Catalog: Bernini's Rome: Italian Baroque Terracottas from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, organized by Ian Wardropper. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1998.
Other Venues: Art Institute of Chicago, February 28–May 3, 1998
Philadelphia Museum of Art, May 16–August 2, 1998