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Following the completion of the construction of new St. Peter's in the second decade of the seventeenth century, a series of monumental altarpieces was commissioned to decorate its altars. Here for the first time the altarpieces of St. Peter's are considered collectively, within the liturgical and artistic program of the building as a whole. Louise Rice takes a comprehensive approach to this critical chapter in the history of Italian Baroque art, offering insight into the mechanisms, motives, and meanings of papal patronage in the premier church of Catholicism.Read more
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- The first book in which the altarpieces of St. Peter's are considered collectively
- A comprehensive approach to St. Peter's in the history of Italian Baroque art
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"[an] innovative and lavishly illustrated book...There are detailed descriptions and subtle analyses of each painting, including well-documented accounts of the work's critical afterlife and deeply nuanced evaluations of color, composition, iconography, and psychological imapct." Renaissance QuarterlySee more reviews
"smooth, elegant, and detailed." Speculuma Jrnl of Medieval Studies
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- Date Published: January 1998
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521554701
- length: 496 pages
- dimensions: 288 x 220 x 30 mm
- weight: 1.82kg
- contains: 194 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Early History of the Altars in St Peter's:
1. The congregation and the Chapter
2. From Old to New St. Peter's
3. Gregory XV and the St. Petronilla Altarpiece
Part II. The Altars under Urban VIII:
4. Towards a comprehensive project for the altars and altarpieces
5. The dedications of the altars
6. The project realised
7. The Sopraporti
Part III. The Commissions:
8. Patronage during the Barberini Pontificate
9. Artists at work
Archival and manuscript sources cited
List of illustrations.
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