The rivalry between the brilliant seventeenth-century Italian architects Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini is the stuff of legend. Enormously talented and ambitious artists, they met as contemporaries in the building yards of St. Peter's in Rome, became the greatest architects of their era by designing some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and ended their lives as bitter enemies. Engrossing and impeccably researched, full of dramatic tension and breathtaking insight, The Genius in the Design is the remarkable tale of how two extraordinary visionaries schemed and maneuvered to get the better of each other and, in the process, created the spectacular Roman cityscape of today.
"Entertaining . . . Morrissey finely renders the intense rivalry between these two artists."
The beginning and the end -- Talent and ambition -- The perpetual and the beautiful -- A collaboration in bronze -- The circle and the triangle -- "Ignorant persons and copyists" -- An ox and a deer -- Ecstasy and wisdom -- A Pope's renovations -- Water and disappointment -- Affections and caprices -- Training the eye to see -- No greater favor, no sadder end -- A legacy in stone.
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 13th October 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia