Tag Archives: Cardinal Antonio Barberini

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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poussin : zest for the western spaghetti

Nicolas Poussin wanted to go to the source. And the source, at that time, was Rome… Twice, he tried to reach it. Twice, lack of money stopped him. The decisive opportunity was given him in 1624 by a poet, the … Continue reading

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AS THE WORLD URNS

The Barberini vase or Portland Vase as it became known as, is the most famous cameo-glass vessel from antiquity. it has ¬†been studied for centuries by scholars trying to determine its original utilitarian purpose and the perplexing meaning of its … Continue reading

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