Baroque Visual Rhetoric

By Vernon Hyde Minor

© 2015

Intricate, expressive, given to grandeur and even excess, Baroque art as a style is inseparable from the meanings it seeks to convey. Vernon Hyde Minor’s Baroque Visual Rhetoric probes this combination of style and message and – equally importantly – the methodological basis on which the critical art historian comes to establish that meaning.

Drawing on a breathtaking range of critical literature, from the German founders of art history as an academic discipline to Heidegger, Derrida, and de Man, Minor considers the issue through a series of Baroque masterpieces: Bernini’s Baldacchino in St. Peter’s Basilica, the statues in the church of San Giovanni in Laterano, Borromini’s church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, Baciccio’s frescoes in the church of Il Gesù, the paintings of Philippe de Champaigne, and the Corsini Chapel in San Giovanni in Laterano.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Illustrations: 51
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.1in x 9.3in
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Baroque Visual Rhetoric probes the Baroque’s combination of style and message and the methodological basis on which the critical art historian comes to establish that meaning.

Baroque Visual Rhetoric

By Vernon Hyde Minor

© 2015

Intricate, expressive, given to grandeur and even excess, Baroque art as a style is inseparable from the meanings it seeks to convey. Vernon Hyde Minor’s Baroque Visual Rhetoric probes this combination of style and message and – equally importantly – the methodological basis on which the critical art historian comes to establish that meaning.

Drawing on a breathtaking range of critical literature, from the German founders of art history as an academic discipline to Heidegger, Derrida, and de Man, Minor considers the issue through a series of Baroque masterpieces: Bernini’s Baldacchino in St. Peter’s Basilica, the statues in the church of San Giovanni in Laterano, Borromini’s church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, Baciccio’s frescoes in the church of Il Gesù, the paintings of Philippe de Champaigne, and the Corsini Chapel in San Giovanni in Laterano.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Illustrations: 51
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.1in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘Highly recommended.’


    D.H. Cibelli
    Choice Magazine vol 53:10:2016

    "Vernon Hyde Minor’s work on Baroque visual rhetoric is on the cutting edge of art theory and history. His book is a rare treasure, especially for those interested in the application of rhetorical analysis to the visual arts."
    Jeffrey Geller, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Author Information

    Vernon Hyde Minor is a professor emeritus in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • Table of contents

    1. Introduction

    2. Critical Perspectives

    3. Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini and Inexpressibility

    4. Death and Dying in St.Peter’s Basilica: Part I

    5. Death and Dying in St. Peter’s: Basilica: Part II

    6. Eighteenth-Century Baroque: the style that did not (quite) die

    7. Narrative and Symbol in the Apostle’s Series, San Giovanni in Lateran

    8. Fear and Trembling in Francesco Borromini’s Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza

    9. Baroque Conceits: Domenichino and Baciccio

    10. Bernini and the Metaphor of the Fiery Angel

    11. Blaise Pascal, Jansenists, Jesuits, and the Lettres Provinciales

    12. The Corsini Chapel (Rome): Its Sense of Place and Time