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Bernini : genius of the Baroque

Author: Charles Avery; Gian Lorenzo Bernini; David Finn
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st North American edView all editions and formats
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Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the presiding genius of the Italian Baroque. As a sculptor, he produced a host of exhilarating works -- the Ecstasy of St. Teresa, David, Apollo and Daphne, The Rape of Proserpina, among others -- that seem to breathe with life. As an architect, he created the interior of St. Peter's in Vatican City as we know it today -- the ornate shrines and monuments under the dome, the papal
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Named Person: Gian Lorenzo Bernini; Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Avery; Gian Lorenzo Bernini; David Finn
ISBN: 0821224654 9780821224656
OCLC Number: 270096867
Notes: "A Bulfinch Press book."
Includes reproduction of a drawing owned by the Morgan Library of Cardinal Scipione Borghese (p. 86).
Description: 287 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, plans, portraits ; 32 cm
Contents: Father and son : Pietro and Gianlorenzo in partnership --
Coming of age : the first portraits --
The great mythological groups : Aeneas, Prosperina and Daphne --
The patronage of Urban VIII Barberini --
Popes and prelates : the mature portraits --
Architect to St. Peter's : the Baldacchino and Cathedra Petri --
The papal tombs : Bernini and the Dance of death --
Mystic vision : the later religious scultpure --
'Freind of the waters' : Bernini's Roman fountains --
Bernini's buildings : the sculptor as architect --
England and France : Bernini, servant of kings --
Genius of the Baroque : talents and techniques.
Responsibility: Charles Avery ; special photography by David Finn.

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Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the presiding genius of the Italian Baroque. As a sculptor, he produced a host of exhilarating works -- the Ecstasy of St. Teresa, David, Apollo and Daphne, The Rape of Proserpina, among others -- that seem to breathe with life. As an architect, he created the interior of St. Peter's in Vatican City as we know it today -- the ornate shrines and monuments under the dome, the papal tombs, and encircling colonnades of the Piazza San Pietro itself -- as well as churches and numerous fountains throughout Rome.

Drawing on much previously unpublished research, art historian Charles Avery rescues Bernini from critical neglect and offers a thoroughgoing reevaluation of this great artist's multifaceted career. Throughout, 400 illustrations, including eighty magnificent color plates, capture the richness of Bernini's work as never before -- and reveal many extraordinary details that are difficult to see even on the originals.

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