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Blunt: Borromini Hardcover – 15 Mar 1979
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Anthony Blunt excites expectation whenever he publishes...To the delight of many readers, Yhis writing moves with an absolute minimum of technical architectural vocabulary...Altogether the most lucid, sensitive, and trustworthy study of Borromini yet to appear.
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In this richly illustrated book, Anthony Blunt shows how the combination of revolutionary inventiveness and intellectual control gives Borromini's work its appeal. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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This monograph was originally published in 1979, the year in which the author was stripped of his knighthood, (having been outed as a one-time Soviet spy). Comprehensive, detailed and well-illustrated, the book remains the standard work on one of the most inventive and original minds in the history of architecture.
While Borromini is never likely to become a household name, he does deserve to be much better known. Blunt's book goes a little way to achieving this, although some readers may find the author's style to be a little dry and disengaged.
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A brilliant mind, Blunt tells the whole story about Borromini, an architect born at the Ticino in 1599, a mathematical genius, who got inspired by Michelangelo's late Renaissance architecture masterpieces. It seems Blunt spied on Borromini. The book gives detailed descriptions of Borromini's churches and convents that include the influences and creations that made Borromini to be hated and loved in his lifetime, and until our days.
If the reader does not live in Rome, he will immediately be possessed by the urge to get on a plane to visit the masterpieces of Borromini. Well... I did. In June I went to Florence to photograph Michelangelo's works that influenced Borromini, and to Rome to see with my eyes Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, the Barberini helicoidal stairway and San Carlo alle Quatro Fontane(the photos will be shown at Società Dante Alighieri in Coral Gables, Florida, as of Sep. 4th, 2015).
One of the highest points of the book is the troubled professional relationship of Borromini with Bernini, which was one of the factors in Borromini's suicide.
A great reading.
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 digital photographs, this readable work would make a splendid "coffee-table book."].
Reading this book 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.