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The Artist And The Eternal City: Bernini, Pope Alexander VII, and the Making of Rome

Author: Loyd Grossman.

The Artist And The Eternal City: Bernini, Pope Alexander VII, and the Making of Rome

Author: Loyd Grossman.

$28.95 $7.98
Item #: D23235
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2021
Publisher: Pegasus
ISBN: 9781643137407
By 1650, the spiritual and political power of the Catholic Church was shattered. Thanks to the twin blows of the Protestant Reformation and the Thirty Years War, Rome—celebrated as the Eternal City—had lost its preeminent place in Europe. Then a new Pope, Alexander VII, fired with religious zeal, political guile, and a mania for creating new architecture, determined to restore ... More
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By 1650, the spiritual and political power of the Catholic Church was shattered. Thanks to the twin blows of the Protestant Reformation and the Thirty Years War, Rome—celebrated as the Eternal City—had lost its preeminent place in Europe. Then a new Pope, Alexander VII, fired with religious zeal, political guile, and a mania for creating new architecture, determined to restore the prestige of his church by making Rome the key destination for the European elite. To help him do so, he enlisted the talents of Gianlorenzo Bernini, and as Loyd Grossman notes here, the most important living artist would refashion the city into his masterpiece.

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