The Genius in the Design

The Genius in the Design : Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry That Transformed Rome

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The rivalry between the brilliant seventeenth-century Italian architects Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini is the stuff of legend. Enormously talented and ambitious artists, they met as contemporaries in the building yards of St. Peter's in Rome, became the greatest architects of their era by designing some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and ended their lives as bitter enemies. Engrossing and impeccably researched, full of dramatic tension and breathtaking insight, The Genius in the Design is the remarkable tale of how two extraordinary visionaries schemed and maneuvered to get the better of each other and, in the process, created the spectacular Roman cityscape of today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 24mm | 281.23g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060525347
  • 9780060525347
  • 263,006

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"Fascinating . . . a scintillating introduction to the Baroque. It is a splendid read--Iain Pears, author of the New York Times bestseller, AN INSTANCE OF THE FINGERPOST
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