Bernini's Biographies: Critical Essays / Edition 1

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Overview

Unique among early modern artists, the Baroque painter, sculptor, and architect Gianlorenzo Bernini was the subject of two monographic biographies published shortly after his death in 1680: one by the Florentine connoisseur and writer Filippo Baldinucci (1682), and the second by Bernini’s son, Domenico (1713).

This interdisciplinary collection of essays by historians of art and literature marks the first sustained examination of the two biographies, first and foremost as texts. A substantial introductory essay considers each biography’s author, genesis, and foundational role in the study of Bernini. Nine essays combining art-historical research with insights from philology, literary history, and art and literary theory offer major new insights into the multifarious connections between biography, art history, and aesthetics, inviting readers to rethink Bernini’s life, art, and milieu.

Contributors are Eraldo Bellini, Heiko Damm, John D. Lyons, Sarah McPhee, Tomaso Montanari, Rudolf Preimesberger, Robert Williams, and the editors.

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“An outstanding contribution to a subject of signal importance.”

—Brian Tovey, Art Newspaper

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271029023
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Maarten Delbeke is Assistant Professor of architectural history and theory at the universities of Ghent and Leiden. Formerly the Scott Opler Fellow in Architectural History at Worcester College (Oxford), he is the author of several articles and a forthcoming book on Seicento art and theory.

Evonne Levy is Associate Professor of the History of Art at the University of Toronto. She is also the author of Propaganda and the Jesuit Baroque (2004).

Steven F. Ostrow is Professor and Chair of Art History at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Art and Spirituality in Counter-Reformation Rome: The Sistine and Pauline Chapels in S. Maria Maggiore (1996) and served as contributing editor for Dosso's Fate: Painting and Court Culture in Renaissance Italy (1998).

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     IX
Preface     XIII
Note on the Editions     XVII
Prolegomena to the Interdisciplinary Study of Bernini's Biographies   Maarten Delbeke   Evonne Levy   Steven F. Ostrow     1
At the Margins of the Historiography of Art: The Vite of Bernini Between Autobiography and Apologia   Tomaso Montanari     73
Bernini's Voice: From Chantelou's Journal to the Vite   Steven E. Ostrow     111
Plotting Bernini: A Triumph over Time   John D. Lyons     143
Chapter 2 of Domenico Bernini's Vita of His Father: Mimeses   Evonne Levy     159
"Always Like Himself": Character and Genius in Bernini's Biographies   Robert Williams     181
Bernini Portraits, Stolen and Nonstolen, in Chantelou's Journal and the Bernini Vite   Rudolf Preimesberger     201
Gianlorenzo on the Grill: The Birth of the Artist in His "Primo Parto di Divozione"   Heiko Damm     223
Gianlorenzo Bernini's Bel Composto: The Unification of Life and Work in Biography and Historiography   Maarten Delbeke     251
From Mascardi to Pallavicino: The Biographies of Bernini and Seventeenth-Century Roman Culture   Eraldo Bellini     275
Costanza Bonarelli: Biography Versus Archive   Sarah McPhee     315
Bibliography     377
List of Contributors     403
Index     405
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