Baroque Rome: The Age of Bernini and Borromini
Santa Maria della Pace
Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza
Piazza Rotonda (Pantheon)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Meeting point: Piazza Navona at the Fountain of the Four Rivers
Starting time: 5.00 pm
None. This tour includes all entrance fees.
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Time: 2.5 hours
Overview: A 2+ hour itinerary that explores the art and
architecture of Baroque Rome. Special emphasis is given to the works of
Bernini and Borromini and their relationships with their patrons – the
popes who were the most extravagant of all.
Description: This itinerary celebrates the blossoming of Rome’s last great urban identity – the Baroque. Emphasizing the splendor and theatricality of the architecture, sculpture, and painting exemplified by mid 17th century Church, which firstly appeared in the innovative designs of Carlo Maderno, further developed in the works of Pietro da Cortona, and entering its most highly charged expressions in the masterpieces of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, the Roman Baroque inspired the designs of buildings and spaces in Europe for over a century.
In a new style of unity, coherence, and dynamism, and as a powerful propaganda tool of the Catholic Church’s Counter-Reformation, the Baroque’s fluid integration of architecture with its surroundings is marvelously demonstrated firstly in Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers where our itinerary begins. Here in Piazza Navona, a distant reflection of the decadent days of the Roman Empire, we learn of how Bernini’s baroque figures assume new importance as movement and energy come together in dynamic forms reaching outwards into the surrounding space.
Our next stop is at the Church of Santa Maria della Pace where a classic example of high baroque architecture in the work of Pietro da Cortona is seen. Continuing on through Rome’s theatrical piazza, passing by baroque monuments, ornamental fountains and Church façades with spiraled lanterns around empty vortexes, we see the bold massing of the baroque style coming together at magical spaces such as Piazza Rotanda, Piazza Montecitoria and Filippo Raguzinni’s Piazza di Sant’Ignazio. Raguzinni’s light-and-shade with “painterly” colors reflect the bold play of volume and void in Algardi’s monumental façade, creating one of Rome’s most characteristic baroque squares.
Out next stop is undoubtedly Rome’s, perhaps the world’s, most distinguished fountain -- the Trevi. Here we learn about one of the last and most famous monuments of the baroque era in Rome. We end our walk at the immense and romantic exterior staircase that had no parallel in previous architecture -- the Spanish Steps.
On this itinerary, as we discover the artists, their artworks and patrons along the way, the principles of architecture, urban planning, and art discussed, will enable us to view the whole city with new eyes and have an appreciation for how the Baroque has made an everlasting impact on the world’s artistic expression.