Borromini by Anthony BluntBorromini by Anthony Blunt


byAnthony Blunt

Paperback | October 15, 1989

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Borromini is one of the great geniuses of Baroque architecture, perhaps the greatest in inventiveness and in use of spatial effects. Here is the first book in English to survey the whole work of the master. The author, former Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, is known internationally for his many works on French and Italian architecture and painting.

In this lucid and fully illustrated account Anthony Blunt charts Borromini's career and analyzes and assesses his art. Mr. Blunt tells of Borromini's training, relating his style to that of Bernini, under whom he worked, and to the architecture from which he learned, for example Michelangelo's. Borromini's patrons allowed him freedom to evolve his own ideas, and his originality and imagination in inventing new architectural forms become apparent as the author studies individual commissions. His imagination was apparently limitless, but his inventions evolved in terms of rigidly controlled geometry. It is this combination of revolutionary inventiveness and intellectual control that gives Borromini's work particular appeal in the twentieth century.

Anthony Blunt was for many years Professor of the History of Art at the University of London and Director of the Courtauld Institute. He has published extensively on Baroque architecture.
Title:BorrominiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0 inPublished:October 15, 1989Publisher:Harvard

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0674079264

ISBN - 13:9780674079267

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Table of Contents


1. Birth and Early Training

2. Sources and Theories

3. S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

4. The Oratory of S. Filippo Neri and the Filomarino Altar

5. Ivo della Sapienza and S. Maria dei Sette Dolori

6. S. Giovanni in Laterano and S. Agnese in Piazza Navona

7. Domestic Architecture

8. The Last Phase

9. Influence and Reputation

Notes on Further Reading

List of Illustrations


From Our Editors

In this richly illustrated book, Anthony Blunt shows how the combination of revolutionary inventiveness and intellectual control gives Borromini's work its appeal.

Editorial Reviews

Anthony Blunt excites expectation whenever he publishes...To the delight of many readers, [his writing moves] with an absolute minimum of technical architectural vocabulary...Altogether the most lucid, sensitive, and trustworthy study of Borromini yet to appear.