Tag Archives: Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini

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: don’t let the sun king go down on him

Bernini’s six months at the French court. A total failure. The artist who believed his gifts came from god would inevitably clash with a king who considered himself crowned by god. A collision of two forms of divine right as … Continue reading

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bernini from sun king to rome

In his fountain design Bernini returned to the Counter Reformation theme of the church triumphant, spreading through four continents , which were represented by personifications of four rivers- the Danube, supporting the papal coat of arms and accompanied by a … 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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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 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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