The Blessed Lodovica Albertoni ( Fig )

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The definition of artworks and the labelling of them as objects of a distinguished style of their time can be helpful to maintain an organised view of the history of art. However, defining a piece, or an artist, as belonging uniquely to a certain style reduce the possibilities of a different reading of them. To illustrate this point, I will comment the Blessed Lodovica Albertoni (fig.1), a sculpture of the 17th Century by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, focusing on the approach of Rudolf Wittkower (1901-71) in his book Gian Lorenzo Bernini: the sculptor of the Roman baroque. Although the addition of the subtitle clearly defines the sculpture as part of the Italian baroque, it is interesting how at the same time Wittkower includes a view on Bernini’s late works as closer to the classic style . The author’s commentary is discussed regarding his experience as an art historian and his study of the baroque and Bernini’s production. I will direct my critique to the short description and how Wittkower’s briefness does not clarify some of the points he tries to cover, or those which are ignored and are still significant for the understanding of the sculpture.
The figure of the Blessed Lodovica Albertoni (fig.1) is included in the book’s section of Religious Imagery. Finished in 1674, the sculpture is located in S. Francesco a Ripa. Wittkower’s shortly describes the Blessed, focusing on the composition more than on creating a picture for the reader. On her deathbed, the lying figure creates a…

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