Bernini's Beloved A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini

ISBN-10: 0300175272

ISBN-13: 9780300175271

Edition: 2012

Authors: Sarah McPhee

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With lips slightly parted and eyes fixed on a point in the distance, a breathtaking marble portrait of Costanza Piccolomini appears alive. Carved by Gianlorenzo Bernini in 1636–37 for his own pleasure, the portrait of Costanza is one of his most captivating works, but until now little has been known about its subject.For centuries Costanza was identified only as Bernini's mistress, who later incited his rage by betraying him for his brother. Author Sarah McPhee corrects and expands this story in her remarkable biography of a sculpture and its subject.Bernini's Belovedsets the bust and Costanza's own life—her childhood and noble name, her marriage, affair, fall from grace, and recovery—against the backdrop of Baroque Rome. Beautifully illustrated and written, this fascinating story expands our understanding of the woman whose intelligence and passion served as inspiration for Bernini's celebrated sculpture, and who courageously forged a life for herself in the decades following its creation.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/17/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.508
Language: English

Sarah McPheeis professor of art and architectural history at Emory University, and author ofBernini and the Bell Towers: Architecture and Politics at the Vatican(Yale).

Acknowledgments
Prologue
The Bust
Costanza Piccolomini-zitelladaviterbo
Master of the world
Two Letters
Matteo Scultore
Costanza scultora
The Garden at the four fountains
Bernini's Beloved
Abbreviations
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Illustration Credits
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