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Bernini and the Art of Architecture Hardcover – October 15, 1998

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; First Edition edition (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789201151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789201157
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 11.5 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nobody mixed sex and spirituality quite like the sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. The sensual young angel featured in what is arguably his most famous piece, the Coronaro Chapel in Santa Maria della Vittoria, leaves no doubt in the viewer's mind just what the source of St. Theresa's ecstasy was, while his rendering of Aeneas in the statue Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius would, in a later age, qualify as centerfold material in Playgirl. Bernini's over-the-top Baroque style earned him both accolades and catcalls during his own lifetime, and in the centuries after his death in 1680, his genius was downplayed and his works derided. With the approach of Bernini's 400th birthday, however, critics have started taking a second look at what the man accomplished.

Though mainly known for his sculpture, Bernini also enjoyed a career as an architect, and it is this aspect of his life that T.A. Marder explores in Bernini and the Art of Architecture. Unlike modern architects who concern themselves mainly with the technical aspects of planning and building, Bernini was an artist who believed the materials could and should be made to serve the concept. By organizing his book chronologically, Marder illuminates the artist's progress across decades, revealing his mind through sketches, plans, and documents from the period as well as photographs of Bernini's masterpieces. For anyone interested in architecture, the art of Bernini, or both, this book is scholarly, accessible, and insightful.


Bernini and the Art of Architecture is particularly welcome because it synthesizes a large body of scholarly material into an accessible format. -- The New York Times Book Review, Bruce Boucher

A coup for breathtaking scholarship and glorious photography. -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12/20/98

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By on May 19, 2000
Bernini was the creator of so many marvels in Roma you can consider this book as a guide book for this sacred capital. Bernini was not only the creator of the most famous fountain in Roma, he also printed his personality both to Vatican (famous arcades) and the rest of the town. You will also be interested to browse through sketches he made for the Louvre Palace in Paris. A good buy for travelers and neo-classical architecture amateurs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on April 22, 2005
This book is gorgeous from top to bottom, it covers all of Bernini's best work and gives wonderful scholarly text. The images are amazing, the colors so vivid and vibrant. I didn't know what to expect so I was blown away at the craftsmanship of this book, the binding is fine and the cloth cover is refined. Everything you ever wanted to know about Bernini is covered here, there is no need to have another book on the subject, this is the holy grail of books on Bernini. If you love fine Baroque architecture and fine craftsmanship in your books as well as amazing pictures and informative text then you will love this book. As you can tell I was impressed, and for me that's saying alot.
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