I wish I could offer something more, but since the book was in German rather than English, I can only say the pictures were beautiful. I do hope this site will send me the English version soon!
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This is a beautiful book, however I did not scroll all the way down to see that it was printed in German. I have returned it for an English version.
As an American whose heart belongs "a Firenze e a Roma"... Mar 23, 2004
Charles Avery does an excellent job summarizing Gian Lorenzo Bernini's life and works. This is probably the best introduction to Bernini available as a starting point -- there are many other books that give more exhaustive analysis, text, photographs and diagrams. As a starter, you will have chosen the best with this book.
From June to December 1976 I was a student on the Florida State University study program "a Firenze", which totally changed my life and world view, causing me to return almost ten times since 1976. Bernini is my favorite Baroque sculptor.
A Must For Sculpter Lovers Oct 30, 2000
This is a beautiful book. The works are shown from different angles,instead of just one frontal photo, so the reader gets the details of the work, with a good accompanying text. I accidently discovered this sculptor, and findto my surprise that some of his work is more appealing than some of the more famous artists of this genre. There is a great deal of detail, in fact, a whole chapter devoted to his fountains, particularly,The Fountains of the 4 rivers. I wish I had this book before I went to Rome and saw it in person. Any lover of sculpture will not be dissapointed with this purchase.