Bernini and the Excesses of Art

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Fordham Univ Press, 2002 - 150 pages
"The vitality of Petersson's book is drawn directly from the sculpture of Bernini, an artist now regarded as the true successor of Michelangelo. It differs from others by bringing the reader inside the sculptural process, from genesis to completed form. Frequently Bernini had to solve uniquely interesting problems and his innovative talents never faltered." "As well as presenting the brilliant, flamboyant Bernini, the book simultaneously displays Rome in the throes of its Counter-Reformation renewal, the second birth of the city with the full panoply of its arts, culture, and aberrant activities during Bernini's years in the service of eight popes. In later life he expanded his fame by spending an eventful half year in Paris at the invitation of Louis XIV. The proud and touchy Bernini, then the most celebrated artist in Europe, was in a pitched battle with the arrogant and aggressive French. Yet in Paris as in Rome it is the artistic works that have lasted and are widely known as having redirected the course of European sculpture."--BOOK JACKET. Book jacket.
 

Contents

THE UNRULY MACROCOSM
11
BERNINIS NEW ROME
21
JOINING STATUE AND BUILDING
39
THE PIAZZA OF PIAZZAS
61
HISTORICAL PREPARATION
73
CONFRONTING THE MARBLE
87
SCIPIONE BORGHESE
93
BERNINI ABROAD
111
UNSETTLED IN PARIS
119
THE MARBLE LOUIS LE GRAND
125
FINAL TOUCHES
137
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
145
ILLUSTRATIONS
148
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOURCES
150
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About the author (2002)

Robert T. Petersson has taught literature, art, and music at The University of Chicago, Yale University, and most recently, Smith College. He is the author of The Art of Ecstacy: Teresa, Bernini and Cranshaw, and lives in Northhampton, Massachusetts.

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