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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L. (Edison, US)
Excellent!

Excellent presentation, packed with information and very good photos

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J. (Doylestown, US)
Very informative!

Prior to our planned trip to Rome, this was so helpful in preparing us to see so many works by Bernini. I didn’t realize how many of his sculptures are to be found in Rome and the Vatican. So much interesting info and helpful ways to really see the sculpture.

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L. (New York, US)
Excellent overview of Bernini

This was an excellent overview, well organized and clear with good illustrations.

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A.P. (Santa Clara, US)
Very insightful presentation!

I really enjoyed this presentation and learned a great deal from it. It was very well composed, with a general introduction to the baroque art for a novice and lots of interesting details for more knowledgeable students. Great storytelling!

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A. (Chicago, US)

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L
L. (Edison, US)
Excellent!

Excellent presentation, packed with information and very good photos

J
J. (Doylestown, US)
Very informative!

Prior to our planned trip to Rome, this was so helpful in preparing us to see so many works by Bernini. I didn’t realize how many of his sculptures are to be found in Rome and the Vatican. So much interesting info and helpful ways to really see the sculpture.

L
L. (New York, US)
Excellent overview of Bernini

This was an excellent overview, well organized and clear with good illustrations.

A
A.P. (Santa Clara, US)
Very insightful presentation!

I really enjoyed this presentation and learned a great deal from it. It was very well composed, with a general introduction to the baroque art for a novice and lots of interesting details for more knowledgeable students. Great storytelling!

A
A. (Chicago, US)

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