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The Resource Bernini : his life and his Rome, Franco Mormando

Bernini : his life and his Rome, Franco Mormando

Label
Bernini : his life and his Rome
Title
Bernini
Title remainder
his life and his Rome
Statement of responsibility
Franco Mormando
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the publisher. Sculptor, architect, painter, playwright, and scenographer, Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the last of the great universal artistic geniuses of early modern Italy, placed by both contemporaries and posterity in the same exalted company as Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. And his artistic vision remains palpably present today, through the countless statues, fountains, and buildings that transformed Rome into the Baroque theater that continues to enthrall tourists. It is perhaps not surprising that this artist who defined the Baroque should have a personal life that itself was, well, baroque. As Franco Mormando's dazzling biography reveals, Bernini was a man driven by many passions, possessed of an explosive temper and a hearty sex drive, and he lived a life as dramatic as any of his creations. Drawing on archival sources, letters, diaries, and -- with a suitable skepticism -- a hagiographic account written by Bernini's son (who portrays his father as a paragon of virtue and piety), Mormando leads us through Bernini's many feuds and love affairs, scandals and sins. He sets Bernini's raucous life against a vivid backdrop of Baroque Rome, bustling and wealthy, and peopled by churchmen and bureaucrats, popes and politicians, schemes and secrets. The result is a seductively readable biography, stuffed with stories and teeming with life -- as wild and unforgettable as Bernini's art. No one who has been bewitched by the Baroque should miss it
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mormando, Franco
Dewey number
  • 709.2
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
  • NB623.B5
  • NB623.B5
LC item number
  • M67 2011
  • M67 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bernini, Gian Lorenzo
  • Sculptors
Label
Bernini : his life and his Rome, Franco Mormando
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The Neapolitan meteor -- Impresario supreme -- Bernini's agony and ecstasy -- Bernini and Alexander -- A Roman artist in King Louis's court -- "My star will lose its ascendancy"
Control code
sky238395855
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 429 p.
Isbn
9780226538525
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011023774
Other control number
9780226538525
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
Bernini : his life and his Rome, Franco Mormando
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The Neapolitan meteor -- Impresario supreme -- Bernini's agony and ecstasy -- Bernini and Alexander -- A Roman artist in King Louis's court -- "My star will lose its ascendancy"
Control code
sky238395855
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 429 p.
Isbn
9780226538525
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011023774
Other control number
9780226538525
Other physical details
ill., maps

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