Giambologna: Narrator of the Catholic Reformation
University of California Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Art - 262 pages
Arguably the pre-eminent European sculptor of his age, but historically considered little more than the facile court sculptor to the grand dukes of Florence, Giambologna played a major role in the artistic transformations of the late sixteenth century. Mary Weitzel Gibbons seeks to broaden our hitherto limited view of Giambologna's work by considering his neglected Genoese masterpiece, the Grimaldi Chapel. Although the chapel itself was destroyed during the Napoleonic period, its dazzling bronzes of Virtues and angel-putti and a Passion cycle in relief have survived. The fine detail and rich color of the bronzes are featured in color plates and black-and-white images photographed especially for this book.
Gibbons reassesses Giambologna's work, clearly defining his relation to the narrative tradition and his role as an artist of the Catholic Reformation. Her new insights into the artist's work will appeal to all those intrigued by this turbulent era in Western European history.
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aforementioned altar wall architectural artists Aurelio Lomi Borromeo bronze Calvary Cappella Carlo Catholic Reformation Chiesa Christ before Pilate Christ's Passion church cinquecento contrapposto Corpus Domini Council of Trent Crowned with Thorns decoration dicti dicto drama Ecce Homo Entombment Eucharist Flagellation Florence Francesco di Castelletto freestanding Galeazzo Alessi Genoa Genoese Giam Giambologna Giorgio Giovanni Bologna Grand Duke Grimaldi Chapel Grimaldi cycle Grimaldi reliefs Guglielmo della Porta Holy Ioannis Italian Italy Jacques Du Broeucq Liguria Luca Cambiaso Luca Grimaldi Maniera marble Medici Milan monument multiple views Museo NARRATIVE METHOD Figure niches notes to pages painting panels Passion cycle Passion scenes pictorial Pilate Washing Pilate's Plate Pope-Hennessy Ratti religious Renaissance Rome rood screen Sabines Saint salvation Salviati Chapel San Francesco San Lorenzo San Marco Santa Santissima Annunziata sculpture scultura sixteenth century Soccorso Chapel statues story Strada Nuova tomb Tridentine Universita Vasari viewer Virtues Washing His Hands