FORT WORTH, TX— The Kimbell Art Museum is extending the run of the critically acclaimed and popular exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay by three weeks. The new closing date is May 5, 2013. The extension grants the public an even greater opportunity to marvel at the exquisite clay models and drawings now on view at the Kimbell. “This is a landmark exhibition by one of the most important and famed artists of all time,” commented Eric M. Lee, the Museum’s director. “Its appeal has far exceeded our expectations, and we are delighted to provide all who want to visit the Museum the added opportunity to see it.”

Bernini: Sculpting in Clay

This first-ever exhibition devoted to Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s brilliantly expressive preparatory models in clay lifts the veil on how he worked his sculptural magic. These intensely beautiful works—formed by the artist’s own hands—were the means by which he explored his ideas in three dimensions and presented them for review to his patrons. Three of the models on view come from the Kimbell’s collection, including the stupendous Moor, the largest and most highly finished model in Bernini’s oeuvre.

Bernini, who lived between 1598 and 1680, was the most important sculptor of the 17th century—the Michelangelo of his age. He did for sculpture what Caravaggio did for painting, invigorating it with an unprecedented sense of drama and naturalism that launched the artistic age known as the Baroque. Over a career that spanned nearly 70 years, he reshaped the face of Rome with his spirited works—from marble statues of saints in chapels to dramatic fountains in civic spaces.

Bernini: Sculpting in Clay is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Kimbell Art Museum. It is supported by a grant from the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.  Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and NBC 5.

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Kimbell Art Museum hours: Tuesday–Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday, noon–8 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m.; closed Monday. For general information, call 817-332-8451. Website: www.kimbellart.org. Address: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

*Admission to view the Museum’s permanent collection is always FREE.

**Admission to this exhibition is $16 for adults; $14 for seniors age 60 and over and for students with an ID; $12 for children ages 6­–11; and FREE for children under 6 and for Museum members. Admission is half-price on Tuesdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays.