Bernini: Art as Theatre

Genevieve Warwick

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Abstract / Description of output

This book forges a new analysis of Baroque illusionism through an interdisciplinary study of Bernini's sculptural ensembles. It understands the force of this art's illusionism as founded in a fiction of materials effected through medial exchange between architecture, sculpture, and painting which Bernini practised in both his art and theatre scenographies. Through a grounded historical analysis it argues for the centrality of theatre to Baroque cultural forms, neglected by an earlier scholarship but here seen as fundamental to the development of a Baroque artistic language. A 100,000-word monograph published by Yale University Press, the research for this book was funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the AHRC. It was accorded honourable mention for the Renaissance Society of America Phyllis Goodhart Gordan book prize for originality, eloquence and accuracy

This book won honourable mention for the Renaissance Society of America's Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize 2014 for:

- Contribution to Renaissance Studies;
- Originality in insight and research;
- Clarity and eloquence;
- Thoroughness and accuracy in documentation
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon & New Haven
PublisherYale University Press
Number of pages308
ISBN (Print)9780300187069
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Bernini
  • Baroque
  • Sculpture
  • Art and Theatre


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