Bernini: His Life and His Rome by Franco Mormando
This is not just a biography of an artist. It is the story of a city and a time – of Rome in the Baroque. It is the story of Rome and glimpse into the culture and events of the fascinating period that give the book its particular power.
As a biography alone, the book would falter. The author makes it clear that there are frustratingly few sources about the more intimate details of Bernini’s life. Of these, one was a biography sponsored by the family and another written by Bernini’s son Domenico, both of which naturally try to mythologize Bernini and take out all the fascinating and scandalous bits. Mormando puts those parts back in and strives for an honest vision of the artist’s character.