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.
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Birth and Early Training
Sources and Theories
S Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
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Agnese Albertina ancient Andrea delle Fratte arches archi architect architecture Baroque begun Bernini Borro Borromini building built Cardinal Carlino Carlo alle Quattro Carlo Maderno century chapel church cloister Collegio di Propaganda colonnade columns commission complete concave bay convex Cortona curved decoration dome door drawing engraving entablature entrance facade fact Falconieri feature Filippo Neri Francesco Francesco Borromini Giacomo Giacomo del Duca Giovanni in Laterano High Altar interior invention Ivo della Sapienza lantern loggia Maderno Maria dei Sette Martinelli Michelangelo middle mini monuments motif niche Opus architectonicum Oratory oval palace Palazzo Barberini Palazzo Carpegna Pamphili pediment Pellegrino Pellegrini Piazza Navona piers Pietro da Cortona pilasters pope Porta Porta Pia Propaganda Fide Quattro Fontane Roman Roman architecture Rome Sala di Ricreazione scheme sculpture Serlian arches Sette Dolori shows side St Peter's staircase storey stucco symbol tomb vault vestibule villa Virgilio Spada walls whole window wing
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