Bernini: Genius of the Baroque

Bernini: Genius of the Baroque

by Charles Avery
     
 

ISBN-10: 0500286337

ISBN-13: 9780500286333

Pub. Date: 11/15/2006

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

A beautifully illustrated testament to this great Baroque sculptorCharles Avery.

Gianlorenzo Bernini was one of the greatest artists of all time. World-famous for his uniquely powerful works of sculpture, he was also a virtuoso draftsman, a pioneering caricaturist, and a designer of gorgeous fountain displays. He even wrote plays.

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A beautifully illustrated testament to this great Baroque sculptorCharles Avery.

Gianlorenzo Bernini was one of the greatest artists of all time. World-famous for his uniquely powerful works of sculpture, he was also a virtuoso draftsman, a pioneering caricaturist, and a designer of gorgeous fountain displays. He even wrote plays.

Bernini virtually created Baroque Rome. Without his contributions, we could not walk across the Ponte Sant'Angelo escorted by the angelic statuary that he designed for its balustrades. The Basilica of St. Peter would not have the sonorous crescendo of Bernini's bronze Baldacchino over St. Peter's tomb. We could not enjoy the huge splashing water display and vigorous drama of the figures on his Fountain of the Four Rivers in the Piazza Navona.

Using much previously unpublished research, Charles Avery traces Bernini's career from his brilliant beginnings to his last mature works, including his architecture, and pays special attention to his techniques in drawing, modeling, and carving. 400 illustrations, 80 in color.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500286333
Publisher:
W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date:
11/15/2006
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface11
Prologue: 'Padre scultore' - Pietro Bernini and his studio15
1Father and son: Pietro and Gianlorenzo in partnership19
2Coming of age: the first portraits33
3The great mythological groups: Aeneas, Proserpina and Daphne43
4The patronage of Urban VIII Barberini73
5Popes and prelates: the mature portraits83
6Architect to St Peter's: the Baldacchino and Cathedra Petri95
7The papal tombs: Bernini and the Dance of Death119
8Mystic vision: the later religious sculpture141
9'Friend of the waters': Bernini's Roman fountains179
10Bernini's buildings: the sculptor as architect211
11England and France: Bernini, servant of Kings225
12Genius of the Baroque: talents and techniques251
Epilogue: Bernini the man - life, death and reputation273
Notes279
Bibliography284
Photo Credits285
Index286

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