The life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini /

"A critical translation of the unabridged Italian text of Domenico Bernini's biography of his father, seventeenth-century sculptor, architect, painter, and playwright Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). Includes commentary on the author's data and interpretations, contrasting them with...

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Main Author: Bernini, Domenico, 1657-1723.
Other Authors: Bernini, Gian Lorenzo, 1598-1680., Mormando, Franco.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2011.
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In 1713 Domenico Bernini (1657-1723) published a biography of his famous father, the Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). It is colorful and informative, if overtly celebratory, but has been almost completely overshadowed by the earlier biography of the artist written by Filippo Baldunucci, published in 1682, and which Domenico probably helped inform. Finally, almost 300 years after its first appearance, Mormando (Boston College) has published the first unabridged translation of Domenico Bernini's text, with extensive annotations and commentary. It is a welcome event. Domenico Bernini's biography previously has been available only in reprints of the original, and never with such a scholarly apparatus. For the first time students will have recourse to notes and reflection on virtually every significant aspect covered by Domenico, and many that are not. Mormando provides an ample introduction followed by the translated text, along with appendixes and copious notes. This book immediately becomes an indispensable resource for Bernini studies. Summing Up: Essential. All academic libraries; lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty, and general readers. A. V. Coonin Rhodes College

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