Italian Baroque Sculpture

World of Art

Italian Baroque Sculpture

  1. Bruce Boucher
  • ISBN 9780500203071
  • 21.00 x 14.90 cm
  • Paperback
  • 224pp
  • 185 Illustrations, 34 in colour
  • First published 1998
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‘A most enjoyable wander through some decidedly unknown territory’ – The Spectator
'An elegant distillation of information' – The Independent

The sculptural flowering of the Italian Baroque – the sensuous beauty of Bernini's Apollo and Daphne; the spectacular papal tombs in St Peter's; dramatic altarpieces such as the mystical Ecstasy of St Teresa; and Rome's dazzling fountains - boldly transcended the traditional limitations of artistic media.

Often dismissed in the past for creating a sham world to distract the observer's attention with dazzling technical displays, the sculpture of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italy is here reassessed for the first time in more than a generation.

Published to coincide with the fourth centenary of the births of Bernini and Algardi, the greatest of Baroque sculptors, this book provides an invaluable critical survey of Italian Baroque sculpture.