Title BAROQUE IN ITALY.
Publisher B.T. Batsford, London, 1959, first edition.
Seller ID 24780
216 pp, large 8vo (9" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, reproductions, floor plans. "(Lees-Milne writes about) the development of building in Italy from the Mannerist period, that is, the later sixteenth century, to the emergence of Rococo in the early eighteenth century. (He) believes that Baroque in Italy was a religious manifestation, Latin, Catholic and primarily Roman and his book deals largely with ecclesiastical architecture in Rome itself. Piedmont was the next most i mportant influence in the style, and so, after introducting the colossal personalities of Bernini, Borromini and their disciples, he concentrates upon the work of Guarini, Juvara and their followers. But he is not conerned exclusively with ar c h i t e c ture; he discusses the Baroque style as it manifested itself in the work of the painters, such as Caravaggio and Pietro da Cortona and the sculptors, above all Bernini. In reading the book the reader has the grateful impression, not so mu ch o f be in g instructed, as of sharing in the author's own pleasures and discoveries, for Mr. Lees-Milne has a winning and persuasive style exceptional in a work of learning." Small label from bookstore on front pastedown, foxing marks on fro nt fre e e nd pap er, one small foxing mark on rear free endpaper, light wear at corners and top/bottom of spine. dust jacket has light edge wear wrinkling - mostly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two small tears (with crease between) on re ar pane l, l igh t fo xing marks on flaps and on flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good-