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Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Vatican Sculptor’s Works Examined at Georgian Court

“Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Baroque Sculptor” Highlights Italian Artist’s Works

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 19, 2008—On Friday, October 10, take a whirlwind tour of Italian sculptor Bernini’s best works—from the comfort of your own seat. You’ll virtually travel to Italy as you enjoy an Italian meal and music, then sit back with dessert and coffee as Lisa Festa, Ph.D., GCU assistant professor of art, shares a multimedia presentation of the artist’s spectacular and enduring sculptures.

Part of Georgian Court’s popular Adventures for the Mind and Palate series, “Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Baroque Sculptor” will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Mansion on GCU’s Lakewood campus. The cost, which includes the multicourse dinner and the presentation, is $35 per person. Reservations are required.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Reserve early to ensure availability for this popular series!

About Bernini
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) was perhaps the greatest sculptor of the 17th century and an outstanding architect as well. Bernini created the Baroque style of sculpture and developed it to such an extent that other artists are of only minor importance in a discussion of that style. His gifts were realized at the age of 7. By 22, the Neopolitan native was a favorite of popes and royalty. His architectural achievements include the piazza in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Chair of Saint Peter, enjoyed and marveled at by millions each year. Bernini branched out to designing fountains and renovating churches throughout Rome. His patrons outside of Italy included Louis XIV of France and Queen Christina of Sweden.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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