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pleasures of re-use

..in earlier times pagan temples were converted into Christian churches, mausoleums made to serve as fortresses, sarcophagi put to use as bathtubs: By such thrifty and practical expedients untold treasures from classical antiquity have been preserved from ruin and destruction… … Continue reading

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bernini falling into the baroque

Baroque master. Bernini. He beheld the roots of heaven and found they were made of stone…. Bernini lived on to serve three more popes,but they made fewer demands on his talent, than the first five popes did. Bernini was to … Continue reading

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bernini: it ought to rock him

Bernini: behold the roots of heaven. They are made of stone… In 1623 Cardinal Barberini became Pope Urban VIII and, according to a probably apocryphal anecdote, told Bernini: “it is your great good luck, Cavaliere, to see Maffeo Barberini pope. … Continue reading

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pluto and titanium men

Al this, as his critics have shown, in Pluto and Prosperina, where god is carrying off a terrified maiden, flesh yielding beneath his grasp is quintessential Bernini: highly theatrical sculpture of overstatement. Bernini’s oen grasp towards the heaven whereby the … Continue reading

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Bernini : once more with oomph and feeling

Bernini. Counter Reformation overstatement…A pitiless unromantic view of death was another Counter Reformation theme. Bernini went to the macabre iconography of the Middle Ages and borrowed the death’s head for his tombs. The skeletons holding an hourglass in the tomb … Continue reading

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Bernini and one side of the moat

Bernini. Are the roots of heaven made of stone? ┬áThe vision of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini… Bernini appeared just at the moment when the papacy was going through its most intensive phase of art patronage. To commission great works and support … Continue reading

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