The Insider’s Guide to: Bernini, Borromini and the rivalry that transformed Rome

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The rivalry between seventeenth-century Italian architects Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini is legendary.
Possessed of enormous talent and ambition, these two artists met as contemporaries in the building yards of St Peter’s in Rome and ended their lives as bitter enemies. Over the course of their careers they became the most celebrated architects of their era and transformed the city of Rome with the most beautiful buildings and spectacular designs. This lecture tells the story of a lifelong animosity between these geniuses and relates how these two men plotted, schemed and intrigued to get the better of each other.

The presenter Arvi Wattel is a lecturer in the History of Art at UWA (School of Design). Before moving to Perth, he held fellowships at the Fondazione Ermitage in Ferrara, the Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max Planck Gesellschaft) in Florence, the Dutch Institute for Art History in Florence and the Royal Netherlandish Institute in Rome, and lectured at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the University of Maastricht and for Oberlin College in Arezzo.

This course will be held at The University Club of Western Australia.
Tea and coffee will be served in the break.