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Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was the greatest and most influential sculptor of his age. Endlessly inventive and gifted with extraordinary skill, he virtually created the Baroque style. In his religious sculptures he excelled at capturing movement and extreme emotion, uniting figures with their setting to create a single conception of overwhelming intensity that perfectly expressed the fervour of Counter-Reformation Rome. Intensity and drama also characterize his remarkable portraits and his world-famous Roman fountains.

Rudolf Wittkower''s classic monograph and catalogue raisonné has been the standard established work on Bernini since 1955. It is now available in an updated and expanded edition. The concise but masterly survey provides an authoritative introduction to Bernini''s work, while the full catalogue gives detailed, scholarly and up-to-date information on his complete oeuvre.

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Wittkower''s (1901-71) book, first published in 1955 and updated in 1966 and 1981, derives from an Italian edition of 1900. The text, which deals chiefly with the sculptures of this multifaceted Italian artist (1598-1680), is a classic. Though some of the entries have been updated and some new plates added, the main reason for this new edition seems to be its first issuance in paperback. This, and the fact that the color plates are less than stellar, mean that all but advanced art history collections can safely pass on this edition if they have earlier ones. Avery''s book takes a broader look at Bernini, covering sculpture, drawings, models in terra cotta, urbanistic projects such as fountains, and his work for St. Peter''s and other Roman churches. The color photographs are better than those in the Phaidon book, where they are separate from the text; neither title offers uniformly better black-and-whites. Avery (sculpture, Victoria and Albert Museum) writes well, offers more context and comparative illustrations, and draws on material unavailable to Wittkower in shaping his text. Avery is the choice for all but the most scholarly of collections, which will want both titles.?Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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''First published in 1955, this volume has never been topped for its clarity of discourse or the stunning beauty of its reproductions. It is the black and white photographs of Bernini''s breathtaking sculpture that best capture the timeless wonder of their precision and vitality.'' (Booklist)

''Wittkower''s Bernini rightly enjoys almost canonical status among studies of the artist and his age, as an elegant survey which provides deep insight and rests lightly on profound scholarship.'' (Burlington Magazine)

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Rudolf Wittkower was one of the most distinguished art historians of the twentieth century.

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David ArbogastTop Contributor: Architecture
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Scholarly coffee-table book
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2014
This book is a thorough discussion of the sculptural works of Gianlorenzo Bernini by probably the pre-eminent scholar of Baroque art. It is filled with superb photographs, mostly black-and-white. This is a scholarly work as well as being very visually appealing. My only... See more
This book is a thorough discussion of the sculptural works of Gianlorenzo Bernini by probably the pre-eminent scholar of Baroque art. It is filled with superb photographs, mostly black-and-white. This is a scholarly work as well as being very visually appealing. My only issue with this book was the surprisingly large number of spelling and typographical errors.
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I love this book
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2016
I love this book. The black and white photos allow you to really admire the work. I have my color photos from my trip. Had barely heard of Bernini till we toured the Villa Borghese and now he is my favorite. This is the first art book I have ever bought so it may not be... See more
I love this book. The black and white photos allow you to really admire the work. I have my color photos from my trip. Had barely heard of Bernini till we toured the Villa Borghese and now he is my favorite. This is the first art book I have ever bought so it may not be enough for scholars but I love it as a lover of Italy.
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Stunning book on the amazing Bernini!
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2014
I literally fell in love with Bernini the first time I saw his David in art history, this book has me in complete awe. The information about his works might be a little light but the imagery is fantastic. I proudly show off this book, which will remain on the coffee table... See more
I literally fell in love with Bernini the first time I saw his David in art history, this book has me in complete awe. The information about his works might be a little light but the imagery is fantastic. I proudly show off this book, which will remain on the coffee table to educate any visitors to my home, no matter what my wife does to "redecorate".
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Rizwan A. Rahmani
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Good introductory book.
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2015
The print quality is good, but I wanted more detailed photos of Bernini''s work. The composition on the photographs are bit
off aesthetically.
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Savannah Morales
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Great book, older publication, image quality was good at that time
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2018
The book and information are great. The image and print quality are out of date now. I would love to see an update.
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Jim
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Very nice big book
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2016
Very nice big book. First half has black and white photos of just about all of his work. Second half has color photos.
Very much worth the price!!!
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The ultimate reference for the scholar in art history
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2020
Perfection in art historical research. Who could do it better?
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Great book!
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2016
This is a great book with wonderful photographs. The pictures from the original printing are in black and white and there are new color photos that are also great. The text is clear and provides good information. The catalogue at the end of the book documents all of... See more
This is a great book with wonderful photographs. The pictures from the original printing are in black and white and there are new color photos that are also great. The text is clear and provides good information. The catalogue at the end of the book documents all of Bernini''s work and where it can be found.
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E. Hills
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Best Bernini book by far
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2020
If you only own one book on Bernini it should be this one. I own alit of art books, and this is easily one of my favourites. You get to see the sculptures from multiple angles, which is perfect. Not the most colourful, but it doesn''t need to be.
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Fantastic Italian Sculptor
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 21, 2019
This is definitely the best and most comprehensive book on Bernini I have ever seen. It''s second only to going to see and experience the actual sculptures. Brilliant
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Unique shots
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2015
The book is full of beautiful photos, including a lot of close-up details, which you usually don''t see in other books. A great book for practising sketches too.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2017
superb, anything you want in a book!
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2017
the book is big enough and has many lively photos. nothing needed to appreciate bernini''s works
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