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Bernini: The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque

Bernini: The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque

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By (author) Rudolf Wittkower

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  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 248mm x 280mm x 36mm | 1,842g
  • Publication date: 26 September 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0714837156
  • ISBN 13: 9780714837154
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 30 colour & 321 b&w illustrations, chronological table, bibliography, indexes
  • Sales rank: 96,248

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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 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 create a single conception of overwhelming intensity that perfectly expressed the fervour of Counter-Reformation Rome. Intensity and drama also characterize his remarkable portraits and his world-famous Roman fountains. Rudolf Wittkower's classic monograph and catalogue raisonne has been the standard established work on Bernini since 1955. It is now available in an updated and expanded edition. The concise but masterly survey provides an authoritative introduction to Bernini's work, while the full catalogue gives detailed, scholarly and up-to-date information on his complete oeuvre.

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Rudolf Wittkower was one of the most distinguished art historians of the twentieth century.

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By Pablo Zaballa 31 May 2012 5

Masterpiece. Superb black and white pictures. One of the best art books in my library, an absolute favorite. And I have plenty of art books...

Buy it now. This book is absolutely fantastic.

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'First published in 1955, this volume has never been topped for its clarity of discourse or the stunning beauty of its reproductions. It is the black and white photographs of Bernini's breathtaking sculpture that best capture the timeless wonder of their precision and vitality.' (Booklist) 'Wittkower's Bernini rightly enjoys almost canonical status among studies of the artist and his age, as an elegant survey which provides deep insight and rests lightly on profound scholarship.' (Burlington Magazine)

Table of contents

Early works and Borghese patronage; religious imagery; portrait busts; work in St Peter's and the Vatican; the Cornaro Chapel, other chapels, churches, and the Baroque stage; fountains and monuments; Bernini and his period - the organization of the studio - theory and practice.