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The Lateran in 1600: Christian Concord in Counter-Reformation Rome examines the physical and spiritual revival of the Pope's own church, the Cathedral of Rome, during the sixteenth century. Built by Constantine the Great, San Giovanni in Laterano was the undisputed centre of Christendom throughout the Middle Ages. During the Renaissance, however, Saint Peter's gradually absorbed the Lateran's prestige through the transfer of the official papal residence to the Vatican. At the height of the Counter-Reformation, when concern for the Church's Early Christian heritage was at its peak, Pope Clement VIII (1592–1605) turned his attention to restoring the Lateran as a symbol of the triumph of Christianity, and the result constituted a primary statement of the ideals of the Christian church at this critical moment. The emphasis on reconciliation and concord that defines the decoration both visually and iconographically parallels Clement VIII's achievement in leading the Christian nation to peace on the eve of the new century.Read more
- First English-language publication to treat the material of this study
- Recent exhibitions and conferences celebrating the reign of Sixtus V (1585–90) placed central issues of the period before scholars
- Terrorist bombing of the Lateran in July 1993 has also affected public consciousness
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'… an important, lucidly written and well-documented book about a topic of very great interest to students of the Counter-Reformation as well as to art-historicans …'. Francis Haskell, The English Historical Review
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- Date Published: April 1995
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521460576
- length: 349 pages
- dimensions: 261 x 211 x 25 mm
- weight: 1.321kg
- contains: 143 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print April 1999
Table of Contents
Part I. The Lateran in the Sixteenth Century:
1. Mater et Caput
2. Clement VIII's Transept
Part II. The Nave Clementina:
3. Entrance: Spiritual Harmony at the Threshold of the Space
4. Celebration: Constantine and the Christian triumph at the lateran
5. Revelation: The Altar of the Sacrament
Part III. Christian Concord in Art and Politics:
6. Clement VIII and the ideal Christian state
7. Encaenia Ecclesiae.
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