- Tapa blanda: 240 páginas
- Editor: The Belknap Press; Edición: New Ed (1 de julio de 1990)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0674079264
- ISBN-13: 978-0674079267
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Borromini (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 jul 1990
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Blunt has made a highly significant contribution to our understanding of Borromini's work from his first ideas on paper to the finished buildings. Times Literary Supplement This full-length study by a very eminent British art historian is a valuable aid for readers interested in an up-to-date and very thorough analysis of everything Borromini did. New York Times Book Review Anthony Blunt reveals his great powers as an architectural historian. His prose is remarkably lucid and concise, even plain, yet extremely evocative? Art in America Anthony Blunt excites expectation whenever he publishes...To the delight of many readers, [his writing moves] with an absolute minimum of technical architectural vocabulary...Altogether the most lucid, sensitive, and trustworthy study of Borromini yet to appear. Yale Review
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Borromini is one of the great geniuses of Baroque architecture, perhaps the greatest in inventiveness and in use of spatial effects. Here is the first book in English to survey the whole work of the master. The author, former Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, is known internationally for his many works on French and Italian architecture and painting.In this lucid and fully illustrated account Anthony Blunt charts Borromini's career and analyzes and assesses his art. Mr. Blunt tells of Borromini's training, relating his style to that of Bernini, under whom he worked, and to the architecture from which he learned, for example Michelangelo's. Borromini's patrons allowed him freedom to evolve his own ideas, and his originality and imagination in inventing new architectural forms become apparent as the author studies individual commissions. His imagination was apparently limitless, but his inventions evolved in terms of rigidly controlled geometry. It is this combination of revolutionary inventiveness and intellectual control that gives Borromini's work particular appeal in the twentieth century.Ver Descripción del producto
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A brilliant mind, Blunt tells the whole story about Borromini, an architect born at the Ticino in 1599, a mathematical genius, who got inspired by Michelangelo's late Renaissance architecture masterpieces. It seems Blunt spied on Borromini. The book gives detailed descriptions of Borromini's churches and convents that include the influences and creations that made Borromini to be hated and loved in his lifetime, and until our days.
If the reader does not live in Rome, he will immediately be possessed by the urge to get on a plane to visit the masterpieces of Borromini. Well... I did. In June I went to Florence to photograph Michelangelo's works that influenced Borromini, and to Rome to see with my eyes Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, the Barberini helicoidal stairway and San Carlo alle Quatro Fontane(the photos will be shown at Società Dante Alighieri in Coral Gables, Florida, as of Sep. 4th, 2015).
One of the highest points of the book is the troubled professional relationship of Borromini with Bernini, which was one of the factors in Borromini's suicide.
A great reading.
In this engaging book, Anthony Blunt not only brings such fascinating details to light, but he also explains the complex theory of what he observes to be Borromini's revolutionary take on ancient architecture in terms that are comprehensible to the reader who is not an expert in art history.
The only drawback to the book, which, one would think that Harvard University Press would remedy since the book is in its fifth printing, is the quality of the black-and-white photographs, which are liberally dispersed throughout the book. Although not an issue as far as the illustration of architectural plans is concerned, some of the photographs are of poor quality [An example is that of Borromini's Colonnade at Palazzo Spada, which is so dingy that it obscures the incredible illusion of the forced perspective entirely. A shame, because with digital photographs, this readable work would make a splendid "coffee-table book."].
Reading this book makes me want to get on the next plane and fly back to Rome [any excuse!], where I shall certainly look at Borromini's architecture with new eyes.
Book has a lot of black and white pictures but it is not enough for understanding. Size and weight is convinient. Paper is good, font is legible.
As Blunt states in the introduction, he is trying to write something that is accessible.
Each section starts with a historical background on the building, and he always relates the building to the compromises which had to be made.
Only thing that would be useful is a list of architectural terms in the back.
Other issue is that at times hard to determine what is there now and what was originally there.
Just got back from Rome, and want to go back with this book as a guide.