Bernini: Flights of Love, the Art of Devotion

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Nowhere is evidence of Bernini's unique abillity to unite architecture with sculpture and painting into a beautiful whole more compelling than in the Baroque chapel of Bernini's design: a dark world sealed below by a balustrade, covered by a luminous celestial dome, and populated by bodies of paint, marble, stucco, and flesh. This book explores three of these Baroque chapels to show how Bernini achieved his remarkable effects. Giovanni Careri examines the ways in which the artist integrated the disparate forms of...
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Overview

Nowhere is evidence of Bernini's unique abillity to unite architecture with sculpture and painting into a beautiful whole more compelling than in the Baroque chapel of Bernini's design: a dark world sealed below by a balustrade, covered by a luminous celestial dome, and populated by bodies of paint, marble, stucco, and flesh. This book explores three of these Baroque chapels to show how Bernini achieved his remarkable effects. Giovanni Careri examines the ways in which the artist integrated the disparate forms of architecture, painting, and sculpture into a coherent space for devotion, and then shows how this accomplishment was understood by religious practitioners.

In the Fonseca Chapel, the Albertoni Chapel, and the church of Sant' Andrea al Quirinale, all in Rome, Careri identifies three types of ensemble and links each to a particular spiritual journey. Using contemporary theories in anthropology, film, and reception aesthetics, he shows how Bernini's formal mechanisms established an emotional dynamic between the beholder and a specific arrangement of forms. As an inquiry into the ways art in a certain historical context transformed and was transformed by its audience, Bernini: Flights of Love, the Art of Devotion is also a penetrating investigation into the aesthetic principles of multimedia composition.

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An analysis of two chapels and an altar, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini between 1664 and 1675, that shows how Bernini created a bel composto, or beautiful whole, uniting architecture with sculpture and painting. A revision of the author's doctoral thesis at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, the analysis focuses on the way unity is created from the heterogeneous elements of a work of art. With 41 b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226092737
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,117,781
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
1 The Fonseca Chapel 11
2 The Albertoni Chapel 51
3 The Altar of Sant' Andrea al Quirinale 87
Conclusion: Flights of Love 103
Notes 107
Index 115
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