Monday, May 10, 2010

Bernini - Power of Art

The BBC makes really great documentaries on Art. This clip is about Bernini - a Baroque Italian artist. I remember seeing it on TV when it was first broadcasted, and recently - I am so happy - I found it on youtube!

But the first ever time I learned about Bernini was during an art history class in school, when I was about 16/ 17 years old. I remember being so impressed by his work, his statues really seemed to be alive, made of real flesh, not marble! As Simon Schamas states in this video, "no one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal...he could, like an alchemist, change one material into another: marble into trees, leaves, hair, and of course, flesh..."


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