Bernini by Howard HibbardBernini by Howard Hibbard


byHoward Hibbard

Paperback | January 18, 1991

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Sculptor and architect Bernini was the virtual creator and greatest exponent of Baroque in 17th century Italy. He has left his greatest mark on Rome where Papal patronage provided him with enormous architectural commissions.
Howard Hibbard (1928-1984) was Professor of Art History at Columbia University. Recognized as an expert of the Italian Baroque, he also wrote on topics such as Caravaggio and Poussin.
Title:BerniniFormat:PaperbackPublished:January 18, 1991Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140135987

ISBN - 13:9780140135985

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice start... I do not pretend to be an expert of art, but a mere connoisseur. Bernini was the greatest sculptor Italy ever had. As Simon Schama in his documentary, ‘The Power of Art’ said, “No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands, it would flutter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout…” This is not mere sentimental poetry. You only have to look at 'Ecstasy of St Teresa,' or 'Apollo and Daphne,' or 'Pluto and Persephone' to understand Schama’s meaning. Its sublimity requires no florid language; on the contrary, it ties your tongue. On the whole, Hibbard does a fantastic job to tell us overall art of Cavaliere. “Bernini,” however, fails to provide the artist’s legendary rivalry with Borromini. (Something Schama explained brilliantly in his documentary, and book.) The author doesn’t tell us the significance of Costanza in his life, or his rivalry with his rather wayward brother, and poor mother. Hence, this is not a biography, but a book about his art. A great book, nevertheless.
Date published: 2012-11-23

Table of Contents

BerniniList of Plates
List of Text Figures
1. The Prodigy
2. Bernini in Command
3. Disaster and Triumph
4. Two Churches and St. Peter's
5. Le Cavalier en France
6. The Late Works
Bibliographical Note
Notes to the Text