Bernini: the sculptor of the Roman Baroque

Front Cover
Phaidon Press, Sep 26, 1997 - Art - 320 pages
1 Review
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the most influential sculptor of his age.nventive and skilled, he virtually created the Baroque style. In hiseligious sculptures he excelled at capturing movement and extreme emotion,niting figures with their setting to create a single conception ofverwhelming intensity that expressed the fervour of Counter-Reformation Rome.ntensity and drama also characterize his portraits and world-famous Romanountains.;This monograph provides an authoritative introduction to allspects of Bernini's sculpture, while the full catalogue gives detailednformation on his complete oeuvre.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Bernini: the sculptor of the Roman Baroque

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Wittkower's (1901-71) book, first published in 1955 and updated in 1966 and 1981, derives from an Italian edition of 1900. The text, which deals chiefly with the sculptures of this multifaceted ... Read full review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the genius of Bernini - his life & his work. Highly recommend it.


Early Works and Borghese Patronage

13 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1997)

Rudolf Wittkower was born in Berlin in 1901. Leaving Germany when the Nazis came to power, he was one of the animators of the Warburg Institute of London. In 1941 he organized, with Fritz Saxl, the exhibition British Art and the Mediterranean, the publication of which (1948) forms an important document of the aims and methods of the Warburg Institute. A great scholar of Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, Wittkower taught at both the University of London and Columbia University. His books, all important works of scholarship, include Die Zeichnungen des Gian Lorenzo Bernini (with H. Bruer, 1931), The Drawings of the Carracci at Windsor Castle (1952), Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the Sculptor of Roman Baroque (1955), Art and Architecture in Italy, 1600-1750 (1958), Born under Saturn (with Margot Wittkower, 1963), and Divine Michelangelo: The Florentine Academy's Homage on His Death in 1564 (with Margot Wittkower, 1964). In addition, he was a frequent contributor to the Journal of the Warbung and Courtauld Institute, the Art Bulletin, Burlington Magazine and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, among others.

Bibliographic information