Bernini and the Bell Towers: Architecture and Politics at the Vatican

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Yale University Press, 2002 - Architecture - 353 pages
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In 1638, the great artist-architect Gianlorenzo Bernini began one of the most ambitious architectural projects of his career: to design and construct massive twin bell towers atop St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican. But the project failed spectacularly. Bernini's reputation was permanently tarnished, and the scandal of the bell towers sparked a controversy that persists to this day. What happened? Who was responsible? How did events unfold in this dramatic episode of architectural history?
 

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Contents

BERNINIS BELL TOWER
36
INNOCENT X VIRGILIO SPADA AND THE CARDINALS
82
VIRGILIO SPADA FRANCESCO BORROMINI AND
114
COMPETITION 0R CONSULTATION?
136
TRUTH AND TIME
165
TWIN TOWERS 190
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McPhee is associate professor of art history at Emory University.

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