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The Papacy and the Art of Reform in Sixteenth-Century Rome
Gregory XIII's Tower of the Winds in the Vatican

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  • Date Published: January 2003
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2015
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521624374

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  • From his election in 1572 to his death in 1585, Pope Gregory XIII spent a great deal of money on the building and restoration of Rome's streets, churches and public monuments. One major monument, the three-story apartment rising from the Vatican Palace called the Tower of the Winds, was built to celebrate the most famous achievement of Gregory's papacy, the calendar reform. Its innovations in architecture and decoration and its wider religious and political purpose are the subject of this book.

    • Explores how change in calendar was connected to devotional and religious reform, and how it took artistic shape
    • Rare inter-disciplinary investigation of Rome's art, culture and ideological rule during critical time of post-Reformation Europe
    • Includes never before translated On the Winds by Egnatio Danti and never before seen views of Rome
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    • Honorable mention for the Salembini Prize 2003

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...richly illustrated...This superbly organized book will prove to be an indispensable resource for further study of landscape as an important philosophical and spiritual genre." College Art Association

    "A masterful study, beautifully produced with lavish illustrations, Courtright's work considerably deepens our understanding of how Gregory III's Tower of the Winds, by joining scientific motivation, politics and art in the service of his program of reform, is the tangible and lasting expression of his rulership."
    Rebecca Leuchak, Roger Williams University, Religious Studies Review

    "Meticulously researched and carefully argued, Courtright's study will certainly be recognized as the definitive monograph on the overlooked monument. Cambridge University Press is also to be applauded for the high production quality of this volume" - Steven F. Ostrow, University of California, Riverside

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521624374
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 282 x 223 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.508kg
    • contains: 244 b/w illus. 10 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2015
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Imagery of Counter-Reformation Rome, the Vatican, and the Papacy Under Gregory XIII:
    1. Reformed Rome and the person of the pope
    2. The Tower of the Winds and calendar reform
    Part II. 3. Architecture unifying imagery of rule and retreat
    4. The meridian room: art of time, cosmos, and the counter reformation
    5. Cycles: rooms of old testament patriarchs, apostles, Tobias, and old testament women views: room with topographical views
    room of imaginary views
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Nicola Courtright, Amherst College, Massachusetts


    • Honorable mention for the Salembini Prize 2003

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