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Papacy and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Rome

Papacy and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Rome
Pius VI and the Arts


  • Author: Jeffrey Collins, The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521809436

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  • Pius VI was the last great papal patron of the arts in the Renaissance and Baroque tradition. This book presents the first synthetic study of his artistic patronage and policies in an effort to understand how he used the arts strategically, as a means of countering the growing hostility to the old order and the supremacy of the papacy. Pius' initiatives included the grand sacristy for St Peter's, the new Vatican Museum of ancient art, and the re-erection of Egyptian obelisks. These projects, along with Pius' use of prints, paintings, and performances, created Pius' public persona, and helped to anchor Rome's place as the cultural capital of Europe.

    • Frst major study of Pius VI as an art patron
    • Based on extensive archival research, presents dozens of unknown or little-known artistic projects and monuments
    • Interdisciplinary approach to Roman art during the French Revolution
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    'Collins's is an engrossing narrative, packed with examples of visual culture'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521809436
    • length: 378 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 197 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.115kg
    • contains: 186 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Politics and possibilities
    2. Images of sovereignty
    3. Completing St Peter's
    4. The Gods' abode
    5. The eternal city
    6. Creating a nation.

  • Author

    Jeffrey Collins, The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
    Jeffrey Collins is Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City, where he specializes in the art and visual culture of 17th- and 18th-century Europe. A graduate of Yale College with a degree in American Studies, he received an MA in Art History as the Paul Mellon Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, before returning to Yale to earn the PhD in Art History in 1994. Before moving to BGC he served as Associate Professor and Chair of Art History and Adjunct Associate Professor of French and Italian Studies at the University of Washington, where he founded and directed the annual Art History Seminar in Rome. He won the Rome Prize in 1996 to work on his book Papacy and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Rome: Pius VI and the Arts, published in 2004 by Cambridge University Press. Professor Collins's research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, a Fulbright Grant, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society. He is the author of studies on 17th- through 20th-century painting, sculpture, architecture, urbanism, museology, furniture, and film, including Non Tenuis Gloria: The Quirinal Obelisk from Theory to Practice, Obelisk Designs by Giovanni Stern, Death and the Cellarette in Empire New York, 'What's Love Got to Do With It': Passion, Creativity, and the Cinematic Image of Baroque Art, and most recently, Power and Art at Casino Borghese: Scipione, Gianlorenzo, Maffeo. He is currently working on the surrealist Mexican painter and designer Pedro Friedeberg, and on two books entitled From Muses to Museums: The Pio-Clementino and the Greek Ideal and Megalithomania: Obelisks in the Western Imagination.

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