Loyd Grossman

An Elephant in Rome

County Buildings & Online
In person & Online event
Thu 30 Sep
18:00 UK
£0.00 to £5.00

For this live audience event, the interviewer will be in the venue with the speaker joining by video link. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

Special offer: £5 tickets will be redeemable against a copy of the book when purchased during the event.

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. 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, creating Baroque Rome as a city grander and more beautiful than the days of Emperor Augustus. 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. 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. 

About the author: Loyd Grossman is an entrepreneur, author and broadcaster, well-known for presenting TV programmes including MasterChef, Through the Keyhole and Behind the Headlines. He has a lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage, and serves on the board of a number of cultural institutions including English Heritage, the British School at Rome and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. He is Chairman of The Royal Parks, President of The Arts Society and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In June 2015 he was appointed CBE in recognition of his services to Heritage.

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