Innovation and Creation: Bernini's Style and Art

This seminar will explore the life and work of Gianlorenzo Bernini, one of the most innovative and important artists of seventeenth-century Rome. His artistic creations encompass painting, sculpture and architecture as well as fountains and theatrical performances. For instance, Bernini’s groundbreaking "Ecstasy of St. Teresa" is the first multimedia installation piece uniting painting, sculpture and architecture in a single work of art. This course will examine Bernini’s career not only within the artistic context of the time period but also from political, cultural and religious perspectives. This seminar will also provide other opportunities including a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and a stone-cutting demonstration in the Steel Plant Studios.