Bernini And The Excesses Of Art

Bernini And The Excesses Of Art

Bernini and the Excesses of Art

Gianlorenzo Bernini was the greatest artist of the seventeenth century. Sculptor, painter, architect, he created the Baroque--defining a style, and a culture, in a decisive era in European history. In this brilliantly conceived book, Robert Petersson offers an intimate encounter with Bernini's major works--from sensous marble statues that burst with life to such monumental works as the piazza of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Petersson looks closely, carefully, and freshly at the making of each masterpiece captures Bernini's world--emotional, exuberant, alive, and engaging.

"...each page has something interesting to think about. The illustrations are a feast in themselves." (―James S. Ackerman Harvard University)

About the Author
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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