Rome, 1630

The Horizon of Early Baroque and Other Essays

Yves Bonnefoy

Translated by Hoyt Rogers



6 x 7.5 inches, 392 pp, 50 colour plates March 2019

ISBN : 9780857425966

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Velazquez. Poussin. Carvaggio. Bernini. Despite their disparate backgrounds, these greats of European Baroque art converged at one remarkable place in time: Rome, 1630. In response to the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Church turned to these masters of Baroque art to craft works celebrating the glories of the heavens manifested on earth. And so, with glittering monuments like Bernini’s imposing bronze columns in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, 1630 came to be the crossroads of seventeenth-century art, religion and power.

In Rome, 1630, the renowned French poet and critic Yves Bonnefoy devotes his attention to this single year in the Baroque period in European art. Richly illustrated with artwork that reveals the unique, yet instructive, place of Rome in 1630 in European art history, Bonnefoy dives deep into this transformative movement. The inclusion of five additional essays on seventeenth-century art situate Bonnefoy’s analysis within a lively debate on Baroque art and art history. Translator Hoyt Rogers's afterword pays homage to the author himself, situating Rome, 1630 in Bonnefoy’s productive career as a premier French poet and critic.

Yves Bonnefoy was born in Tours, France, in 1923. Poet, critic and professor emeritus of comparative poetics at Collège de France, Paris, he has received several major international awards for his work, including the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca (1995) and the Franz Kakfa Prize (2005). In addition to poetry and literary criticism, he has published numerous works on art history and translated into French several of Shakespeare’s plays.



Hoyt Rogers is the author of a poetry collection, Witnesses, and a volume of criticism, The Poetics of Inconstancy. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in a wide variety of periodicals. He translates from the French, German, and Spanish. His translations of Jorge Luis Borges were included in the Viking-Penguin centenary edition. His translation of Bonnefoy’s The Curved Planks was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2006, and his anthology of the poet’s late work, Second Simplicity, appeared in the Margellos Series of the Yale University Press in 2012. Openwork, his anthology of poems and journal entries by André du Bouchet, selected and translated in collaboration with Paul Auster, will appear in the Margellos Series at Yale, also in 2014.

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