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Description - Borromini by Anthony Blunt

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674079267
ISBN-10: 0674079264
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 15-Oct-1989
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Anthony Blunt

Anthony Blunt was for many years Professor of the History of Art at the University of London and Director of the Courtauld Institute. He has published extensively on Baroque architecture.