EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Bernini and Borromini: Rival Geniuses in Baroque Rome”
Presented by Dr. Paolo Alei
with Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero
This lecture will take you through one of the most fascinating streets of Baroque Rome, the Strada Pia. From the Entrance Gate, designed by Michelangelo, to Piazza del Quirinale, with its monumental central obelisk, this monumental axial avenue boasts some of the greatest buildings designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) and Francesco Borromini (1599-1667). Initially, the two artists worked together at Saint Peter’s Basilica and Palazzo Barberini. Then, professional competitions and divergent approaches led to a certain rivalry and above all to the creation of different, astonishing achievements. On the Strada Pia, Bernini elaborated his emotional theatrum sacrum in the Cornaro Chapel in the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria and in Sant’Andrea al Quirinale, while Borromini manifested his Neoplatonic thought in the complex design of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane. Borromini, introspective and irascible appreciated by a cultivated elite; Bernini, the superstar beloved by all patrons, changed the skyline of Rome but gave their best in the representation of spiritual elevation toward God in the buildings of the Strada Pia. This celebrated rivalry ended with the death of Borromini in 1667. The architect committed suicide like Seneca (by falling on his own sword). Bernini survived him by another decade, continuing working until the age of 81.
The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.
- Your participation is confirmed once you have purchased your ticket. You will receive the Zoom link to join the presentation circa 30 minutes before the start time.
- VIDEO RECORDING of the webinar will be available for unlimited streaming at your convenience for 7 days after the event.