Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Roman Baroque Sculpture

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will provide the necessary tools for a critical art historical appreciation of the major sculptural productions of the Roman High Baroque. They specifically focus on the overwhelming influence of Gianlorenzo Bernini and Alessandro Algardi and will discuss trends in High Baroque Sculpture, patronage patterns, and the other important sculptors in Rome. The lectures in the second part this unit will discuss the principal exponents and stylistic characteristics of Late Baroque sculpture in Rome.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to bring students in contact with up-to-date research on Roman Baroque Sculpture through a critical analysis of recent literature and the study of specific themes.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Have a systematic understanding of Baroque Sculpture in Rome;
- Be in a position to analyse and discuss art-historical, contextual and theoretical issues pertaining Baroque Sculpture.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Engage with the methodological tools necessary for the analyses of the sculptural production and context of Baroque Rome and with literature on the period;
- Undertake connoisseurship study and critically research on the work of the major artists of the period, the mechanics of patronage, and the theoretical complexities of the period.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- M.G. Bernardini, M. Fagiolo dell’Arco (ed.), Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Regista del Barocco, Skira 1999.
- B. Boucher, Italian Baroque Sculpture, Thames and Hudson 1998.
- H. Hibbard, Bernini, Penguin 1965 (1st Ed.)
- J. Montagu, Alessandro Algardi, Yale 1985.
- J. Montagu (ed.), Algardi - L’altra faccia del barocco, Ed. De Luca 1998.
- K. Sciberras, Roman Baroque Sculpture for the Knights of Malta, Malta 2004.
- K. Sciberras (ed.), Melchiorre Cafà: Maltese Genius of the Roman Baroque, Malta 2006.
- R.Wittkower, Art and Architecture in Italy 1600-1750, Yale (1958; with later editions and imprints).
- R. Wittkower, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The sculptor of the Roman Baroque, London (1955; with later eds)
- Bernini, Exh. Cat., Galleria Borghese, Rome, 2017.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Keith Paul Sciberras (Co-ord.)

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