Baroques

Baroques

by Giovanni Careri
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691116903

ISBN-13: 9780691116907

Pub. Date: 09/22/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

From Rome to St. Petersburg, Portugal to Brazil, the Baroque was the first art movement to span not only countries but distant continents. This stunningly illustrated book takes us on a breathtaking pilgrimage through its endless variations over some two hundred years, beginning in the early seventeenth century. Readers are treated to such wonders as Bernini's

Overview

From Rome to St. Petersburg, Portugal to Brazil, the Baroque was the first art movement to span not only countries but distant continents. This stunningly illustrated book takes us on a breathtaking pilgrimage through its endless variations over some two hundred years, beginning in the early seventeenth century. Readers are treated to such wonders as Bernini's intensely powerful sculptures and his immense colonnade on St. Peter's Square, imposing palace facades, painted ceilings, crucifixes, angels, demons, piazzas, villas, gardens, and more. Though once viewed in Europe as decadent compared to Renaissance art, the Baroque is seen today as the ultimate manifestation of a style that expanded the bounds of reality and engendered a "culture of visualization," prefiguring the modern age.

Combining Ferrante Ferranti's magnificent color photographs, many never before published, with Giovanni Careri's absorbing prose account of the Baroque in chapters arranged by theme, Baroques marks the first time the topic has been treated so comprehensively, going well beyond Italy as far as colonial Latin America.

The materials used in Baroque churches, palaces, gardens, and cities were meant to dazzle-but they did much more. Whether marble, stucco, or gilded bronze, each in its own way captures the fleeting interplay between the overt splendor of fireworks and the secret, conceptual complexity of allegory. The Baroque is an art of passions and ecstasies, but it is also a political art: it conveys an image of power charged with new energy, an image that inspired awe, fear, and respect. Above all, it is a total art: painting, sculpture, and architecture come together in Baroques as a whole that invites the reader into its transforming universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691116907
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/22/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
10.18(w) x 13.28(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
A Bel Composto 27
The Place of the Viewer 61
Ecstatics 81
Angels 95
Vanities 125
Images of Power 133
Nature, Landscapes, Gardens, and Fountains 173
Ceremonies and Entertainments 213
Affetti 231
Glossary 243
Bibliography 244
Index of Monuments and Works of Art 245
Photography and Translation Credits 248

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