John Pinto and Elisabeth Kieven: Pietro Bracci and Eighteenth-Century Rome

Pinto Bracci

Pietro Bracci and Eighteenth-Century Rome: Drawings for Architecture and Sculpture in the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Other Collections

Penn State University Press, 1998

Pietro Bracci was a leading sculptor of 18th-century Rome, but the dispersal of his drawings has hampered study of the interplay between his approach to design and his response to Rome's vast artistic heritage. Using a group of Bracci drawings acquired by the Canadian Centre for Architecture as their point d'appui, Elisabeth Kieven and John Pinto have prepared a long-overdue catalogue of Bracci's complete study collection, from preliminary sketches to finished presentation drawings. Kieven and Pinto discuss the origin and function of each drawing and offer a wealth of new insights into Bracci's remarkable skill at integrating sculpture into Rome's grand buildings and public spaces.

Bracci won some of the most sought-after commissions in 18th-century Rome, including monuments in Saint Peter's and the allegorical figures of the Trevi Fountain. Kieven's and Pinto's introductory essays situate these and other commissions in the history of Roman architecture and urbanism, survey Bracci's career, and explore the context of his drawing practices. Considered together, the Bracci drawings shed important new light on the collaborative relationship between architects and sculptors in the design of one of the art capitals of the world.

Kieven's and Pinto's book concludes with a catalogue raisonné of the entire corpus of drawings ascribed to Bracci and his son Virginio. In addition, the book illustrates all of Bracci's drawings and provides transcriptions of key documents.

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