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Baroquemania

Italian visual culture and the construction of national identity, 1898-1945

By Laura Moure Cecchini

Baroquemania
Hardcover

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5317-3
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: January 2022
  • BIC Category: Modern Art, Art History, HISTORY / Europe / Italy, ART / History / Baroque & Rococo, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), Humanities / Social & cultural history, Art & Design Styles: Baroque, Italy, The arts / History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -

Description

Baroquemania explores the intersections of art, architecture and criticism to show how reimagining the Baroque helped craft a distinctively Italian approach to modern art. Offering a bold reassessment of post-unification visual culture, the book examines a wide variety of media and ideologically charged discourses on the Baroque, both inside and outside the academy. Key episodes in the modern afterlife of the Baroque are addressed, notably the Decadentist interpretation of Gianlorenzo Bernini, the 1911 universal fairs in Turin and Rome, Roberto Longhi's historically grounded view of Futurism, architectural projects in Fascist Rome and the interwar reception of Adolfo Wildt and Lucio Fontana's sculpture. Featuring a wealth of visual materials, Baroquemania offers a fresh look at a central aspect of Italy's modern art.

Contents

Introduction
1 Decadent Seicento: the emergence of the Baroque in the Italian fin de siècle
2 The Baroque's revenge: the 1911 jubilee exhibitions and the search for an Italian style
3 Baroque Futurism: Roberto Longhi, seventeenth-century art and the Italian avant-garde
4 Classical Baroque: the Seicento and the return-to-order
5 Baroque memories in the architecture of interwar Rome
6 Form and formlessness: the reimagination of Baroque sculpture during Fascism
Conclusions
Index

Author

Laura Moure Cecchini is Assistant Professor of Art History at Colgate University

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