LOYD GROSSMAN: ‘AN ELEPHANT IN ROME: BERNINI, THE POPE, AND THE MAKING OF THE ETERNAL CITY’: cancelled

This event unfortunately has been cancelled. We will be working closely with Loyd and his team to secure a new date for this event in the Autumn. We apologise for the inconvenience. A refund will be directly issued by the Chichester Box Office.

Join Loyd Grossman at the Cathedral as, introducing his new book An Elephant in Rome: Bernini, the Pope, and the Making of the Eternal City, he unfolds the fascinating story of Pope Alexander VII’s redevelopment of Rome into the Baroque masterpiece that we know today.

In 1655, a new Pope, Alexander VII, fired with religious zeal, political guile and a mania for building, determined to restore the prestige of his church by making Rome the must-visit destination for Europe’s elite. To help him do so, he enlisted the talents of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, already celebrated as the most important artist of the age. Together, Alexander VII and Bernini made one of the greatest artistic double acts in history, inventing the concept of soft power and the bucket list destination. Bernini and Alexander’s creation of Baroque Rome as a city grander and more beautiful than since the days of Emperor Augustus continues to delight and attract.

Loyd Grossman’s love of Rome was kindled by his first encounter with the enigmatic monument to this relationship between artist and pope: the elephant carrying an obelisk outside Santa Maria sopra Minerva, just behind the Pantheon. With the elephant as his starting point, this richly illustrated book teases out all the intertwined strands of history, power and art that make up the Baroque.

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