Tag Archives: Bernini

gaming the arts: collision of entertainment and art?

Are computer games art? The millions of gamers and game designers out there will most likely tell you yes. Artistic principles comprise at least a part of some of the professions in video game design, a list of which can … Continue reading

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Bernini:smoothing the bump on the bourbon shnoz

With Bernini perhaps the roots of heaven were made of stone. But Bernini and his short sejour in France at the behest of Louis XIV, was something short of heavenly and the divine…. …Nor could Bernini adjust to the customs … Continue reading

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bernini: rockin’ on with the counter reformation

Pope Urban VIII took a fatherly interest in his gifted protege. When Bernini fell ill, the pope visited him twice a day in his palazzo near the Piazza di Spagna and once came with sixteen cardinals, whose collective blessing was … 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 and transverberation: a striking through

Bernini kept undisputed control over artistic life in Rome for more than half a century. Behold the roots of heaven. They may be made of stone… …He even managed to put sensuousness at the service of the church. Discerning tourists … 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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behold the roots of heaven

Bernini. Behold the roots of Heaven: they are made of stone. …. If Rome, a city where the monuments of successive civilizations coexist as peacefully as museum exhibits, seems to appear to us today mainly in seventeenth-century garb, the illusion … Continue reading

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water worlds: the aqueous arts

Water as the wine of architecture. Sparkling or still, its ability to enhance a building has been appreciated for centuries. Water is spirit to architecture’s substance; it is the wit and grace of a building; narcissistic sheets of silver for … Continue reading

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collection with the public purse

Charles I was Britain’s most discerning and energetic royal patron, buying much art and encouraging many continental artists. With his ascension to the throne in 1625, it was a turning point in English connoisseurship. Charles had grown up under the … Continue reading

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passion for painting

Isabelle Stuart Gardner’s palace of paintings…. Perhaps the most astonishing single aspect of Fenway Court today is the disparity between its present value and what it cost Mrs. Gardner. Morris Carter, her biographer said, said that what she paid was … Continue reading

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