Divine Geometry

March 31, 2016 / Art & Archaeology
Rome, Lazio

Click on the orange play button in the upper left hand corner of the first image below to listen to an ItalianNotebook exclusive podcast by Giulia Bernardini, art historian, on the “Divine Geometry” of Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane.

Then scroll down to view related images as you listen.

This is an assaggio (lit. a taste, ie. a teaser) of “Sensuality and Splendor”, the on-site art history seminar that Giulia offers in the summer. (June 10th to the 17th this year.. 5% discount for ItalianNotebook readers who sign up by Friday, April 15th!)

(If you have trouble with the player, you can listen to it directly on soundcloud.)

We hope you enjoy it!


Bernini
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The baldacchino of St. Peter’s Basilica
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Borromini
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San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
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Irregular cramped space…
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Oval, bulges on its longer sides…
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Two equilateral triangles, each with a circle…
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…geometric fascination visible in the dome….
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Neo-Platonism in Florence by the Medici family…
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Johannes Kepler
Johannes Kepler Kopie eines verlorengegangenen Originals von 1610

Universe held together by e geometric skeleton…
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Lower section of the church, unrelentingly rhythmic convex and concave vertical walls…
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While the perfect, geometrically clear divine plan of the universe is represented by the dome above…
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…described as a maze of deeply incised coffers of octagonal, hexagonal, and cruciform shapes…
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Dynamic, hypnotic honeycomb effect… and they get smaller as they approach the lantern…
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All this is made even more heavenly, not only by…
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Giulia Bernardini

by Giulia Bernardini

Giulia, an instructor of art history and humanities at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is the founder of WONDERFEAST, dedicated to providing art aficionados with unique artistic and cultural experiences in Italy and beyond.

Join Giulia for Sensuality and Splendor, an on-site art history seminar in Rome, Italy, from June 10-17, 2016.

ItalianNotebook readers who sign up by Friday, April 15th receive a 5% discount!

16 Responses to “Divine Geometry”

  1. My goodness. It makes all the difference when you know what you’re looking at.

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  2. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Oh what a wonderful lecture!! Thank you so much Giulia Bernardini and to Italiannotebook for providing this excellent audio and visual experience!

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  3. Geraldine O'Sullivan

    What a beautiful lecture. It was a nice way to allow me to daydream about my upcoming trip in April. Thank you.

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  4. On four other trips some how the church was not open. I finally went at the
    “open” time. It was worth the effort. It is a small church but it certainly is
    worth visiting!!!! It is a little gem!

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  5. Ginny Siggia

    I’m taking a drawing class, and when we got to portraits, the instructor told us about da Vinci’s rules about body proportions. All of these mathematical gems are fascinating!

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  6. THIS IS A MOST PROFOUND APPROACH TO ORDER AND THAT WHICH WILL SATISFY THE MOST BRILLIANT MIND AND THOSE OF DIVINE ORDER. ONE WHO IS CURIOUS AND WITH A TALENT TO DISCOVER WILL NEVER BE BORED WITH LIFE AND WOULD OFFER NUANCES OF WORTHWHILE JOYS OF DISCOVERIES AND CHALLENGES.

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  7. Maryanne Maggio Hanisch

    Wonderful! I hope I can join one of your seminars in the future!

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  8. Mary Alice Tetro

    It seems Guilia and I went to the same High School in Rome, Italy, Overseas School of Rome. What an incredible lecture!

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  9. lewis murray

    jb…please tell giulia how much i enjoyed her piece (just seen) on san carlo. splendid and nce to hear her voice. i would send a note but don’t have her e mail….maybe alexia does and shall ask. regards lewis and giorgina murray

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