Francesco Borromini is one of the great geniuses of Baroque
architecture, perhaps the greatest in inventiveness and in use of
spatial effects. Here is the first book in English to survey the
whole work of the master. The author, former Director of the
Courtauld Institute of Art, is known internationally for his many
works on French and Italian architecture and painting. In this
lucid and fully illustrated account, Anthony Blunt charts
Borromini's career and analyzes and assesses his art. Mr. Blunt
tells of Borromini's training, relating his style to that of
Bernini, under whom he worked, and to the architecture from which
he learned, for example Michelangelo's. Borromini's patrons allowed
him freedom to evolve his own ideas, and his originality and
imagination in inventing new architectural forms become apparent as
the author studies individual commissions. His imagination was
apparently limitless, but his inventions evolved in terms of
rigidly controlled geometry. It is this combination of
revolutionary inventiveness and intellectual control that gives
Borromini's work particular appeal in the twentieth century.
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