Gian Lorenzo Bernini: The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque

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Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the greatest and most influential sculptor of his age. Endlessly inventive and gifted with extraordinary technical skill, he virtually created the Baroque style. In his religious sculptures he excelled at capturing movement and extreme emotion, uniting figures with their setting to creat a single conception of overwhelming intensity that perfectly expressed the fervour of Counter-Reformation Rome. Intensity and drama also characterize his mythological groups, his remarkable ...
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the greatest and most influential sculptor of his age. Endlessly inventive and gifted with extraordinary technical skill, he virtually created the Baroque style. In his religious sculptures he excelled at capturing movement and extreme emotion, uniting figures with their setting to creat a single conception of overwhelming intensity that perfectly expressed the fervour of Counter-Reformation Rome. Intensity and drama also characterize his mythological groups, his remarkable portraits and his world-famous Roman fountains.
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Wittkower's (1901-71) book, first published in 1955 and updated in 1966 and 1981, derives from an Italian edition of 1900. The text, which deals chiefly with the sculptures of this multifaceted Italian artist (1598-1680), is a classic. Though some of the entries have been updated and some new plates added, the main reason for this new edition seems to be its first issuance in paperback. This, and the fact that the color plates are less than stellar, mean that all but advanced art history collections can safely pass on this edition if they have earlier ones. Avery's book takes a broader look at Bernini, covering sculpture, drawings, models in terra cotta, urbanistic projects such as fountains, and his work for St. Peter's and other Roman churches. The color photographs are better than those in the Phaidon book, where they are separate from the text; neither title offers uniformly better black-and-whites. Avery (sculpture, Victoria and Albert Museum) writes well, offers more context and comparative illustrations, and draws on material unavailable to Wittkower in shaping his text. Avery is the choice for all but the most scholarly of collections, which will want both titles.Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714821931
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1981
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 290

Table of Contents

Prefaces 9
Preamble 11
Early Works and Borghese Patronage 13
Religious Imagery 56
Portrait Busts 88
Work in St. Peter's and the Vatican 120
The Cornaro Chapel, other Chapels, Churches, and the Baroque Stage 158
Fountains and Monuments 175
Bernini and his Period. The Organization of the Studio. Theory and Practice 193
Colour Plates 197
Catalogue 229
Chronological Table 306
Bibliography 312
Index of Names 315
Index of Places and Works 317
Acknowledgements 320
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