Join author, journalist and broadcaster LOYD GROSSMAN on an artistic tour of the Eternal City of Rome as he discusses his latest work of art history.Book Tickets
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Join author, journalist and broadcaster LOYD GROSSMAN on an artistic tour of the Eternal City of Rome as he discusses his latest work of art history.
By 1650, thanks to the Protestant Reformation and the Thirty Years War, the spiritual and political power of the Catholic Church was shattered and Rome had lost its pre-eminent place in Europe. In An Elephant in Rome: Bernini, The Pope and The Making of the Eternal City, Grossman describes how 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. He enlisted the talents of Gianlorenzo Bernini, probably the most important living artist, and together they made the greatest artistic double act in history, inventing the concept of soft power and the bucket list destination. ‘A total delight’ ―Simon Jenkins. Famous as a TV presenter, Loyd Grossman has also been deeply involved in heritage and art history. He will be introduced by the art historian, author and fellow American Dr Claire Brainerd.