Visible Spirit. The Art of Gianlorenzo Bernini – Vol II


Irving Lavin

24 x 17 cm
580 pp. 318 illus.
Publication: July 2006
ISBN 978 1 904597 45 2

Book Description

As early as the 1950s, Professor Irving Lavin was -recognized as a major voice in American art history. His sustained production of seminal scholarly contributions have left their mark on an astonishingly wide range of -subjects and fields. Bringing these far-reaching publications together will not only provide a valuable resource to scholars and -students, but will also underscore fundamental themes in the history of art — historicism, the art of commemoration, the relationship between style and meaning, the -intelligence of artists — themes that define the role of the visual arts in human communication.

Irving Lavin is best known for his array of fundamental publications on the Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680). These include new discoveries and studies on the master’s prodigious childhood, his architecture and -portraiture, his invention of caricature, his depictions of religious faith and political leadership, his work in the -theatre, his attitude toward death and the role of the artist in the creation of a modern sense of social responsibility. All of Professor Lavin’s papers on Bernini are here brought together in three volumes. The studies have been reset and in many cases up-dated, and there is a comprehensive index.

Volume II Contents

  • Bernini and Antiquity — The Baroque Paradox.
  • A Poetical View
  • Bernini’s Portraits of No-Body
  • Bernini’s Bust of Francesco I d’Este. “Impresa quasi impossibile”
  • Bernini’s Bust of the Medusa: An Awful Pun
  • Bernini’s Bust of the Savior and the Problem of the Homeless in Seventeenth-Century Rome
  • Bernini’s Image of the Ideal Christian Monarch
  • Bernini’s Bumbling Barberini Bees
  • Bernini-Bozzetti: One More, One Less.
  • A Berninesque Sculptor in Mid-Eighteenth Century France
  • Bernini’s Death
  • Visions of Redemption
  • The Rome of Alexander VII.
  • Bernini and the Reverse of the Medal
  • The Young Bernini
  • “Bozzetto Style”: The Renaissance Sculptor’s Handiwork
  • The Regal Gift. Bernini and his Portraits of Royal Subjects
  • Urbanitas urbana. The Pope, the Artist, and the Genius of the Place
  • Index

See also:
Volume I
Volume III

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