FREE @ EMBASSY of ITALY: ART LECTURE
THE GREAT MASTER BERNINI - HIS LIFE, HIS ROME.
The last of the universal GENIUSES of early modern ITALIA.
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CITTA' del VATICANO - BERNINI's St. Peter Square columnade
The EMBASSY of ITALY
The ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE
FREE ART LECTURE – THE GREAT BERNINI
THE MASTER, HIS LIFE, HIS ROME
Lecture by Prof. Franco MORMANDO
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013 @ 7:00 PM
EMBASSY OF ITALY – Auditorium
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ABOUT Master GIAN LORENZO BERNINI
Gian Lorenzo BERNINI (1598~1680) - Self-portrait, c. 1623 - Galleria Borghese, Rome
Sculptor, architect, painter, playwright, and scenographer, Gian Lorenzo BERNINI [masked]) was the last of the universal geniuses of early modern Italy, placed by both contemporaries and posterity in the same exalted company as Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Bernini's artistic vision remains palpably present today through the countless statues, fountains, buildings, piazze and other works of his design that transformed Rome into the Baroque theater that continues to enthral tourists today. No other artist has left so large, so enduring and so delightful a mark on Rome as Bernini, who easily counts as one of the most influential artists of European history. Bernini's projects were essentially rooted in the Italian Baroque urbanist tradition of relating public buildings to their settings, often leading to innovative architectural expression in urban spaces like piazze or squares, his Roman fountains that were both public works and papal monuments. He died in Rome in 1680, and was buried in one of greatest churches in all of ROMA, the BASILICA DI SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE.
AGAIN … Who was the GREAT Gian Lorenzo BERNINI? LET’s LOOK below … WOW is not sufficient !!!
BERNINI - St. Peter Square columnade
BERNINI - St. Peter Basilica’s Main Altar
ROMA - BERNINI's Ponte CASTEL SANT’ANGELO Angels
ROMA - BERNINI's Palazzo MONTECITORIO
(Italy’s Parliament Palace - The CHAMBER of DEPUTIES)
BERNINI - Ecstasy of St. Theresa sculpture
BERNINI – Blessed Ludovica ALBERTONI sculpture
BERNINI – APOLLO and DAPHNE
ROMA - BERNINI's Piazza NAVONA, 4 Rivers sculpture
In his lecture Franco Mormando, author of the first English-language biography of the artist, will give us a guided tour of Bernini's long, dramatic life (private and public) and his equally fascinating Rome.
ABOUT PROFESSOR FRANCO MORMANDO
Franco Mormando is Professor of Italian in the Dept. of Romance Languages at Boston College. Born and raised in Manhattan, he received his B.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. (Italian lit.) from Harvard University. Author of various interdisciplinary studies on Italian literature and history, popular religion and sermons, he has lectured extensively on the art and culture of early modern Italy at various universities and museums including the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
In September 2005, in recognition of his achievements in the promotion of the Italian language and culture, Prof. Mormando was inducted by the Republic of Italy into its honorary Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana with the title of "Cavaliere."