Bernini Across Rome: Sculpting The Eternal City with Jayne Yantz

Bernini Across Rome: Sculpting The Eternal City with Jayne Yantz


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This seminar traces Bernini’s substantial imprint on the city of Rome – from monumental sculpture inside St. Peter’s Basilica to the exterior colonnade, and his gorgeous Roman fountains.  

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the founders of the Italian Baroque and one of the world’s most gifted sculptors, helped craft the look and feel of Rome today.  We examine Bernini’s training as an artist, uncover his personal life, and document his rise as an artist who shapes the Eternal City.  Along the way, we find he was friends with popes and princes, respected by some and envied by others. 

During our time together, we'll encounter Bernini’s 100-foot-tall Baldacchino inside St. Peter’s—and find out where he really got the bronze to create it. We also discover the symbolism of Bernini’s colonnade which frames St. Peter’s Basilica, and then find Bernini’s emotional statue of Constantine, the 4th century Roman Emperor who converts to Christianity. 

Of course, we do not miss Bernini’s fountains and masterful theatrical creations that decorate church interiors. We finish with Bernini’s Bridge of Angels, created late in the artist’s career—filled with Baroque passion and energy, and expressing Bernini’s own hope for salvation.   

Led by art historian Jayne Yantz, this seminar is designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels.  The seminar will provide participants with an introduction to Baroque art, an understanding of the contributions made by Bernini, and a list of Baroque highlights to seek out next time we are in Rome. 

Jayne Yantz completed graduate work in art history and anthropology before beginning a career in college teaching. She specializes in non-Western art and European Old Masters, has traveled extensively to see the works of art she teaches, and believes it is important to continue learning throughout life. Jayne has received continued recognition for teaching excellence, including the Teacher of the Year award from her college. She currently lives in the New Jersey Pinelands on a nature preserve.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Melinda Marsh (Springfield, US)
Fabulous, Informative, and Entertaining

Although we had already seen every sculpture that Jayne showed us, we still learned so much about the history and context. We will view these with new eyes when we return to Rome.

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Anonymous (Calabasas, US)

Jayne Yantz is an excellent instructor. Her ability to distill information and present it in a fascinating and meaningful way is remarkable. One of the best I have had the privilege of learning from on Context.

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Maruchi Santana (Brooklyn, US)
Knowledgeable and passionate teacher

Jayne Yantz was outstanding on her lecture about Bernini Across Rome! Incredible details and facts of Bernini's work. I cannot wait to fly to Rome with the notes I took in today's lecture! Thank you Jayne!

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Diana J Austin (Scottsdale, US)

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Kris Shapar (Stuttgart, DE)
Well researched and presented

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Based on 11 reviews
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Melinda Marsh (Springfield, US)
Fabulous, Informative, and Entertaining

Although we had already seen every sculpture that Jayne showed us, we still learned so much about the history and context. We will view these with new eyes when we return to Rome.

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Anonymous (Calabasas, US)

Jayne Yantz is an excellent instructor. Her ability to distill information and present it in a fascinating and meaningful way is remarkable. One of the best I have had the privilege of learning from on Context.

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Maruchi Santana (Brooklyn, US)
Knowledgeable and passionate teacher

Jayne Yantz was outstanding on her lecture about Bernini Across Rome! Incredible details and facts of Bernini's work. I cannot wait to fly to Rome with the notes I took in today's lecture! Thank you Jayne!

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Diana J Austin (Scottsdale, US)

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Kris Shapar (Stuttgart, DE)
Well researched and presented

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