Bernini's Biographies

Bernini's Biographies : Critical Essays

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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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  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Pennsylvania State University Press
  • University ParkUnited States
  • English
  • 0271029021
  • 9780271029023
  • 1,064,557

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Maarten Delbeke is Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the universities of Ghent and Leiden. Evonne Levy is Associate Professor of the History of Art at the University of Toronto. Steven F. Ostrow is Professor and Chair of Art History at the University of Minnesota.

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"Although there is more biographical writing on the incomparable Gian Lorenzo Bernini than on any other early modern artist, including Michelangelo, the investigation of these writings remains surprisingly incomplete. This fascinating and highly original book is therefore a welcome addition to the literature, for it both consolidates our present understanding of these biographies, which can be traced to Bernini himself, and raises important questions about these writings for future consideration. Bernini's Biographies will therefore be of great interest to scholars of art history, literature, and the social history of art alike." - Paul Barolsky, University of Virginia"

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