The Genius in the Design: Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry That Transformed Rome

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Architecture - 336 pages

The rivalry between the brilliant seventeenth-century Italian architects Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini is the stuff of legend. Enormously talented and ambitious artists, they met as contemporaries in the building yards of St. Peter's in Rome, became the greatest architects of their era by designing some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and ended their lives as bitter enemies. Engrossing and impeccably researched, full of dramatic tension and breathtaking insight, The Genius in the Design is the remarkable tale of how two extraordinary visionaries schemed and maneuvered to get the better of each other and, in the process, created the spectacular Roman cityscape of today.


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THE GENIUS IN THE DESIGN: Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry that Transformed Rome

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A well-documented account follows the thread of ambition, pride, and betrayal that drove an unparalleled explosion of arts and architecture in Europe's 17th-century cultural capital.Give Morrissey ... Read full review

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This is a delectable appetizer to two masters of the Italian baroque, Francesco Borromini, technically a Swiss whose face graced the previous 100 Swiss Francs note (the current 10 Swiss Francs note ... Read full review


one The Beginning and the End
four A Collaboration in Bronze
five The Circle and the Triangle
six Ignorant Persons
Plan of the Oratorio di
San Giovanni in Laterano
ten Water and Disappointment
eleven Affection and Caprices
twelve Training the
thirteen No Greater Favor
fourteen A Legacy in Stone
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Jake Morrissey has studied and written about architecture for twenty years. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and dozens of other publications and books. He is the author of the novel A Weekend at Blenheim and lives near New York City.

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