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Art and Spirituality in Counter-Reformation Rome

Art and Spirituality in Counter-Reformation Rome
The Sistine and Pauline Chapels in S. Maria Maggiore

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Part of Monuments of Papal Rome

  • Date Published: June 1996
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 1999
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521470315

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  • Unprecedented in their scale, richness of decoration and multiple functions, the Sistine and Pauline Chapels represent two of the most complex public monuments built in the papal capital during the Counter-Reformation period. Art and Spirituality in Counter-Reformation Rome offers an interdisciplinary study of the chapels, providing an interpretive reading of their artistic programs as an expression of their patrons' personal spirituality and of the larger institutional concerns of the papacy as it confronted the Protestant challenge. Viewed within their religious, political, and social contexts, the historical meaning of the chapels is explored as a means to advance our understanding of the ways in which the post-Tridentine Church enlisted the visual arts to communicate and advance its mission.

    • The first in-depth examination of two of the most important artistic monuments of early-Baroque Rome
    • Copiously illustrated (with 160 black and white illustrations and 10 colour plates)
    • Research based on many newly discovered documents, several of which are published here for the first time
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    • Date Published: June 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521470315
    • length: 411 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 211 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.476kg
    • contains: 160 b/w illus. 10 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 1999
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Sistine chapel as Franciscan shrine
    2. The Sistine chapel's Fresco cycle
    3. The Pauline chapel's tabernacle of the virgin
    4. The Pauline chapel's Fresco cycle.

  • Author

    Steven F. Ostrow, University of California, Riverside

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