March - Chano Sanchez Photography

Borromini´s Vision || La Visión de Borromini

Chiesa di San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Roma (Italy)

"Architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight against gravity." Renzo Piano.

Francesco Borromini and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, two names associated with the history of architecture, two geniuses of the Italian Baroque, two artists whose fierce rivalry will remain forever engraved in their magnificent works that adorn the city of Rome. Without doubt, Bernini will always be recognized as the great winner of the 18th century, against a Borromini who was defeated by his enemy on numerous occasions. The success of Bernini should not detract from the magnificent work of Borromini, who perhaps did not enjoy the same recognition and important assignments, but whose innovation has left for posterity architectural works as unique as the Chiesa di San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane.

This small church, like other works made by the artist, shows a truly special architectural vision, the fruit of his ideas of creative freedom and his search to create different works. Borromini's lonely and difficult character not only did not help him in his professional confrontation with his hated opponent, it also brought him to a truly tragic end when the artist ended up taking his own life by falling on his own sword.

"Los arquitectos pasan una vida entera con esta irracional idea de que se puede luchar contra la gravedad." Renzo Piano.

Francesco Borromini y Gian Lorenzo Bernini, dos nombres asociados a la historia de la arquitectura, dos genios del Barroco italiano, dos artistas cuya feroz rivalidad quedará para siempre grabada en sus magníficas obras que adornan la ciudad de Roma. Sin duda, Bernini será siempre reconocido como el gran triunfador del siglo XVIII, frente a un Borromini que se vio derrotado por su enemigo en numerosas ocasiones. El éxito de Bernini no debería quitarle importancia al magnífico trabajo de Borromini, quien quizás no gozó del mismo reconocimiento y de encargos tan importantes, pero cuya innovación ha dejado para la posteridad obras arquitectónicas tan únicas como la Chiesa di San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane.

Esta pequeña iglesia, como otros trabajos del artista, muestra una visión arquitectónica realmente especial, fruto de sus ideas de libertad creativa y de su búsqueda por crear obras diferentes. El carácter solitario y difícil de Borromini no solo no le ayudó en su enfrentamiento profesional con su odiado oponente, sino que le llevó a un final realmente trágico cuando el artista acabó quitándose la vida dejándose caer sobre su propia espada.

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II || Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D || ƒ/? || 12.0 mm || 1/60 sec || ISO 800