Bernini and the Excesses of Art

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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"...each page has something interesting to think about. The illustrations are a feast in themselves."--James S. Ackerman, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788887700831
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert T. Peterson has taught literature, art, and music at The University of Chicago, Yale University, and most recently, Smith College. He is the author of The Art of Ecstacy: Teresa, Bernini and Cranshaw, and lives in Northhampton, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

The Unruly Macrocosm 11
Bernini's New Rome 21
Joining Statue and Building 39
The Piazza of Piazzas 61
The Bust of a Friend: Historical Preparation 73
Confronting the Marble 87
Scipione Borghese 93
Bernini Abroad 111
Unsettled in Paris 119
The Marble Louis Le Grand 125
Final Touches 137
Bibliographical Note 145
Illustrations 148
Photographic Sources 150
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