The volume is the catalogue of the exhibition of Florence (National Museum of the Bargello, April 3 - July 12, 2009) titled "The living marbles: Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the birth of the baroque portrait". Universal artist, Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) - of Tuscan origin, born in Naples and always lived in Rome - is the absolute protagonist of baroque art not only in sculpture. For more than half a century he has been the most famous artist in Europe: eight popes have met his services as many princes, Italians and foreigners. The exhibition revolves around the Portrait of Constance Bonarelli, the only Berninian opera present at the Bargello, but the curators wanted and knew to contextualize in a wider and articulated context the extraordinary progression of young Bernini. Here is the philologically fascinating confrontation with the portrait masters of the portrait: Velázquez, Van Dyck, Rubens, Carracci. Alongside the Portrait of Constance Bonarelli, other "marbles" and paintings portrayed at the Bargello have come to life, in an evocation of baroque portraiture never before seen not only in Florence, but not in Rome.
Text in Italian.
Some minor scratches on the front cover, otherwise in good condition.