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Federico Borromeo founded the Ambrosiana in the early seventeenth century as part of his pastoral programme as Archbishop of Milan. The Ambrosiana, which included a library, art academy, and art museum, was intended to reform sacred scholarship and art in response to the decrees of the Council of Trent. This book considers Borromeo's artistic reform program in light of his own notions of the roles of art in Christian society. His reform is interpreted on the basis of extensive documentation including works of art in the Ambrosian Museum and Library, acts of the Ambrosian Academy, hundreds of letters directed to Borromeo, and tracts that he wrote on art, devotional prayer, and sacred oratory and history. Included in the book is a catalogue of the original Ambrosian Museum.
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- Date Published: April 1993
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521420518
- length: 400 pages
- dimensions: 259 x 183 x 34 mm
- weight: 1.283kg
- contains: 100 b/w illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print August 1997
Table of Contents
Part I. Text: List of illustrations
1. Frederic Borromeo, post-tridentine reformer and patron of the arts at the Ambrosiana
2. The devotional role of sacred art
3. The didatic role of sacred art
4. The documentary role of sacred art
Abbreviations to the notes
Part II: Catalogue I
The development of the collection catalogue IA-D
Paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures
Catalogue II - the series of portraits of famous persons
Catalogue II - The series of portraits of famous persons
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