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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Alianza Editorial Sa; Tra edition (30 May 2005)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8420679658
  • ISBN-13: 978-8420679655
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,392,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alianza Editorial. Madrid. 2005. 24 cm. 262 p. il. Encuadernación en tapa blanda de editorial ilustrada. Traducción de Fernando Villaverde. Alianza forma. vol. 151. Índice. Traducción de: Borromini. Borromini, Francesco. 1599-1667 .. Este libro es de segunda mano y tiene o puede tener marcas y señales de su anterior propietario. ISBN: 84-206-7965-8

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
When I was living in Rome, I became aware of Borromini in a general way, through such delights as the "long" Colonnade at the Palazzo Spada, and the corkscrew exterior of the lantern tower of Sant' Ivo, but as many times as I gazed out of my bedroom window at the cupola of Sant' Andrea della Valle, I never noticed the "pairs of Ionic columns [that] share a common capital" [24], or the "cherub's heads" that are a variation on the "eggs of the egg-and-tongue motif" on the cornice of Sant' Ivo [19]. In other words, I had no idea what to look for.

In this engaging book, Anthony Blunt not only brings such fascinating details to light, but he also explains the complex theory of what he observes to be Borromini's revolutionary take on ancient architecture in terms that are comprehensible to the reader who is not an expert in art history.

The only drawback to the book, which, one would think that Harvard University Press would remedy since the book is in its fifth printing, is the quality of the black-and-white photographs, which are liberally dispersed throughout the book. Although not an issue as far as the illustration of architectural plans is concerned, some of the photographs are of poor quality [An example is that of Borromini's Colonnade at Palazzo Spada, which is so dingy that it obscures the incredible illusion of the forced perspective entirely. A shame, because with colour digital photographs, this readable work would make a splendid "coffee-table book."].

Reading this book [which is available at Amazon.com] makes me want to get on the next plane and fly back to Rome [any excuse!], where I shall certainly look at Borromini's architecture with new eyes.
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Arquitecto entre Arquitectos, Francesco Borromini 4 Feb. 2013
By R. PEREZGATELL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Este es un espectacular estudio del Arquitecto entre Arquitectos, Francesco Borromini. Me satisface inmensamente ver que todavía se publica. Anthony Blunt y su traductor, Fernando Villaverde hacen de un tema teórico y complejo una lectura tan amena como fascinante acercándose a ese mundo de intriga, competencia y envidia pero sobre todo de superlativa inventiva y creatividad. Mis felicitaciones a ambos, donde quiera que estén; nos han dejado un legado maravilloso del Maestro definitorio de nuestro oficio.

This is a spectacular study of the Architect among Architects, Francesco Borromini. It is immensely satisfying to see that great book still published. Anthony Blunt and his translator, Fernando Villaverde make the theoretical and complex theme and enjoyable and fascinating read approaching this world of intrigue, competition and envy but above all superlative inventiveness and creativity. Congratulations to both, wherever they are, they have left a wonderful legacy of the defining Maestro of our craft.
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