The Life and Art of Bernini
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The paper reveals that Gian Lorenzo Bernini is the most typifying artist of the entire Italian Baroque period and one of the quintessential Italian artists overall who had a major hand in the overall design of St. Peter's Cathedral and had many other pieces of art installed in and around Vatican City. The paper looks at the background and early accomplishments of Bernini in the fields of sculpture and then architecture, and describes how Bernini's relationship with the Church continued to solidify and grow even closer--as well as more lucrative--for the artist's entire life and career. The paper concludes that his work stands as a testament to one of the greatest and most prolific artists the world has yet produced.
From the Paper:"Of all of the artists that the Church employed during this period, the undisputed greatest--recognized as the most prominent and influential artist of his time both during his own time and by subsequent historians--was Gian Lorenzo Bernini. With works appearing in many places but centered around Rome, where Bernini had a major hand in the overall design of St. Peter's Cathedral and has many other pieces of art installed in and around Vatican City, Bernini is the typifying artist of Catholic high-art in the Italian Baroque period. Indeed, he is not simply the typical Catholic artist of his period, but rather he is simply the most typifying artist of the entire Italian Baroque period and one of the quintessential Italian artists overall.
"Gian Lorenzo Bernini was born in 1598 in Naples to Pietro Bernini, a respected sculptor in his own right that worked in the Mannerist style (Baldinucci et al 2006; Cartage 2010). From the very outset of his life, then, the younger Bernini was immersed in art, and specifically in the art of sculpting, and both his basic childhood environment and the direct instruction of his father helped to shape the young artist and direct the course of the rest of his life (Cartage 2010)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Baldinucci, F.; Delbeke, M. & Enggass, C. (2006). The Life of Bernini. New York: Pennsylvania State University Press.
- Careri, G. (1990). Bernini: Flights of Love, The Art of Devotion. London: University of Chicago Press.
- Cartage. (2010). "Bernini, Gian Lorenzo." Accessed 22 September 2010. http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/Biographies/MainBiographies/b/bernini/2.htm l
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