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Bernini
Howard Hibbard
0140135987
January 1991
Paperback
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Bernini and the Art of Architecture
Tod A. Marder
0789201151
Sept 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
Nobody mixed sex and spirituality quite like the sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. The sensual young angel featured in what is arguably his most famous piece, the Coronaro Chapel in Santa Maria della Vittoria, leaves no doubt in the viewer's mind just what the source of St. Theresa's ecstasy was, while his rendering of Aeneas in the statue Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius would, in a later age, qualify as centerfold material in Playgirl. Bernini's over-the-top Baroque style earned him both accolades and catcalls during his own lifetime, and in the centuries after his death in 1680, his genius was downplayed and his works derided. With the approach of Bernini's 400th birthday, however, critics have started taking a second look at what the man accomplished.

Though mainly known for his sculpture, Bernini also enjoyed a...



Bernini: Sculptor of the Roman Baroque
Rudolf Wittkower
0714837156
September 1997
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Wittkower's (1901-71) book, first published in 1955 and updated in 1966 and 1981, derives from an Italian edition of 1900. The text, which deals chiefly with the sculptures of this multifaceted Italian artist (1598-1680), is a classic. Though some of the entries have been updated and some new plates added, the main reason for this new edition seems to be its first issuance in paperback. This, and the fact that the color plates are less than stellar, mean that all but advanced art history collections can safely pass on this edition if they have earlier ones. Avery's book takes a broader look at Bernini, covering sculpture, drawings, models in terra cotta, urbanistic projects such as fountains, and his work for St. Peter's and other Roman churches. The color photographs are better than those in the Phaidon book,...


Genius in the Design: Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry That Transformed Rome
Jake Morrissey
0060525339
March 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Sometimes plodding but often entertaining, this dual biography of two Italian Baroque artists popularizes a tale familiar to art historians. Raised in a wealthy family with connections to politicians and cultural players, Bernini (1598–1680) was 12 when he was commissioned to do his first major piece—and he soon learned how to win the hearts and pocketbooks of rich patrons on his own. Borromini (1599–1667) lacked such connections, but climbed the guild's ladder, eventually becoming chief assistant to Carlo Maderno, the chief architect of St. Peter's. When Maderno died in 1629, Borromini was shocked that Bernini was named chief. Morrissey (A Weekend at Blenheim) finely renders the intense rivalry between these two artists, giving a reasonable if fact-heavy look at 17th-century Roman life in the...


Bernini and the Excesses of Art
Robert Torsten Petersson
8887700834
March 2003
Hardcover
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James S. Ackerman, Harvard University
"...each page has something interesting to think about. The illustrations are a feast in themselves."

Book Description
Gianlorenzo Bernini was the greatest artist of the seventeenth century. Sculptor, painter, architect, he created the Baroque--defining a style, and a culture, in a decisive era in European history. In this brilliantly conceived book, Robert Petersson offers an intimate encounter with Bernini's major works--from sensous marble statues that burst with life to such monumental works as the piazza of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Petersson looks closely, carefully, and freshly at the making of each masterpiece captures Bernini's world--emotional, exuberant, alive, and engaging.


Bernini and the Bell Towers: Architecture and Politics of the Vatican
Sarah McPhee
0300089821
January 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
In 1638, the great artist-architect Gianlorenzo Bernini began one of the most ambitious architectural projects of his career: to design and construct massive twin bell towers atop St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican. But the project failed spectacularly. Bernini's reputation was permanently tarnished, and the scandal of the bell towers sparked a controversy that persists to this day. What happened? Who was responsible? How did events unfold in this dramatic episode of architectural history? This engaging and beautifully illustrated book tells the complete story of the bell towers for the first time. Presenting a wealth of new visual and documentary evidence, Sarah McPhee reconstructs the entire affair, the architectural and political milieu, the evolution of the designs, and the varying influences of all those...


Bernini: Flights of Love, the Art of Devotion
Giovanni Careri
0226092739
March 1995
Textbook Paperback
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From Library Journal
In the later years of his stellar career, Bernini created three masterpieces that exemplify the spirit of the Baroque style. The Fonseca and Albertoni chapels and the altar of Sant' Andrea al Quirinale vividly manifest the combinatory impulses that create a visceral, spiritual, and aesthetic unity out of the diverse components of architecture, painting, and sculpture. Careri's subtle study seeks not only to elucidate the nature of these dynamic ensembles but also to suggest means of investigating them. Of particular value is his attempt to evoke how the monuments might have been experienced and understood. In addition to his summary of essential art historical data about these works, the author, who is cultural attache for the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris, provides a thoughtful methodological critique of...


The Genius in the Design: Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry That Transformed Rome
Jake Morrissey
0060525347
March 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Sometimes plodding but often entertaining, this dual biography of two Italian Baroque artists popularizes a tale familiar to art historians. Raised in a wealthy family with connections to politicians and cultural players, Bernini (1598–1680) was 12 when he was commissioned to do his first major piece—and he soon learned how to win the hearts and pocketbooks of rich patrons on his own. Borromini (1599–1667) lacked such connections, but climbed the guild's ladder, eventually becoming chief assistant to Carlo Maderno, the chief architect of St. Peter's. When Maderno died in 1629, Borromini was shocked that Bernini was named chief. Morrissey (A Weekend at Blenheim) finely renders the intense rivalry between these two artists, giving a reasonable if fact-heavy look at 17th-century Roman life in the...


Bernini and the Idealization of Death: The Blessed Ludovica Albertoni and the Altieri Chapel
Shelley Karen Perlove
0271014776
January 1990
Textbook Paperback
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Sketches in Clay for Projects by Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Theoretical, Technical, and Case Studies
Ivan Gaskell (Editor)
1891771183
September 2004
Paperback
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Circa 1700: Architecture in Europe and the Americas
Henry A. Millon (Editor)
0300114753
March 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
The years around 1700 were marked by transformations in European and colonial capital cities. This era saw the creation not only of palatial complexes and urban spaces appropriate to autocratic power, but also of essential infrastructure such as roads, ports, and fortifications. In addition, many of the civic structures and background buildings that form the familiar urban images of the eighteenth century date from this period. In all of this activity, architects and architectural ideas, formed mostly in Italy and influenced by the baroque architecture of Rome, especially the late works of Francesco Borromini and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, played a central role.
    
Twelve distinguished contributors provide a comprehensive look at the design, renewal, and expansion of capitals and countries...

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