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Bernini and the bell towers : architecture and politics at the Vatican

Author: Sarah McPhee
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2002.
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In 1638, Gianlorenzo Bernini began the ambitious architectural project of designing and constructing massive twin bell towers atop St. Peter's basilica. But the project failed spectacularly. This volume tells the story of the bell towers, presenting both visual and documentary evidence.
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Named Person: Gian Lorenzo Bernini; Gian Lorenzo Bernini; Gian Lorenzo Bernini; Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah McPhee
ISBN: 0300089821 9780300089820 0300097409 9780300097405
OCLC Number: 49952598
Description: xi, 353 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Paul V. Carlo Maderno, and the bell towers of St. Peter's --
2. Bernini's bell tower --
3. Innocent X. Virgilio Spada, and the cardinals of the congregation --
4. Virgilio Spada, Francesco Borromini, and the foundations of St. Peter's --
5. The fabbrica of St. Peter's, families, function, politics --
6. Competition or consultation? --
The real contenders and the evolution of the design --
7. Truth and time --
8. Twin towers.
Responsibility: Sarah McPhee.

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In 1638, Gianlorenzo Bernini began the ambitious architectural project of designing and constructing massive twin bell towers atop St. Peter's basilica. But the project failed spectacularly. This volume tells the story of the bell towers, presenting both visual and documentary evidence.

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