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Don't Miss Your Chance to See the Gesù Exhibition — Closing May 19

Giovanni Battista Gaulli (Italian, 1639-1709) Painted Model for the Apse Fresco of the Gesù, 1690 Oil on paper, laid down on wood 39 ¾ x 78 ¾ x 39 3/8 in. (100 x 200 x 90 cm) Church of the Gesù, Rome (museum) Photo: © Zeno Colantoni

There are just days remaining to experience this landmark, never-before-seen-in-America, international loan exhibition, "The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age," at the Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM).

Don't miss experiencing this exhibition that features artistic treasures from the Roman church of the GesùBernini’s bust of Roberto Bellarmino (patron saint of Fairfield University); Gaulli’s monumental painted wood model of the apse; a gilt bronze altar sculpture by the versatile painter, draftsman, and sculptor Ciro Ferri; the sumptuous jeweled cartegloria from the altar of St. Ignatius' and the magnificent embroidered chasuble of the church’s great benefactor, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese.

These masterpieces are joined by more than fifty paintings, sculptures, rare books, precious objects, drawings, prints, and historical documents by Bernini, Domenichino, Gaulli, Ciro Ferri, Carlo Maratti, and Andrea Pozzo—among other Italian Baroque masters—on loan from American museums and private collections.

This exhibition gives visitors to the museum an unparalleled window onto the extraordinary works of art found within the walls of the Gesù, the immensely talented artists who created them, and the powerful and strong-willed personalities whose vision, ambitions—and financial means—made it all possible.

On Thursday, May 17, at 11 a.m. in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries, Michelle DiMarzo, PhD, curator of education and academic engagement, will lead the final gallery talk for the Gesù: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Model for the Apse of the Gesù. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Public tours of the exhibition are offered daily at 12 noon; register here →  Gallery Spotlight talks are offered daily at 2 p.m; register here →
Private tours with a curator are available for a fee; please contact museum@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000, ext. 4046.

Published by Saint Joseph’s University Press, Philadelphia, Penn., the exhibition catalogue is the most significant book available in any language on the Church of the Gesù in Rome. Richly illustrated with 246 color images, the catalogue is composed of thirteen essays by an international team of specialists in Italian baroque sacred art and religious culture, followed by a checklist of the works of art in the exhibition. Purchase the catalog.

For more information on the Gesù exhibition, visiting hours, and parking information, please visit the FUAM's website.

Art in Focus Gallery Talk: Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Model for the Apse of the Gesù

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Additional Details:

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Please visit fairfield.edu/gesu for more information and to register.

The Holy Name. Art of the Gesù: Bernini and his Age Exhibition

Date: Now through Saturday, May 19
Time: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall Hall Galleries

Additional Details:

This major international loan exhibition will bring together for the first time an important group of dazzling and historically important works of art to tell the twin stories of the rise of the Society of Jesus in Rome and the building and embellishment of the Gesù, its glorious mother church, in the very center of the city. 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. Learn more at fairfield.edu/gesu.

Sneak Peek Inside the Gesù Exhibition


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