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Federico Borromeo and the Ambrosiana

Federico Borromeo and the Ambrosiana
Art Patronage and Reform in Seventeenth-Century Milan

  • Date Published: April 1993
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print August 1997
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521420518

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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
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    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
    Conclusion
    Abbreviations to the notes
    Bibliography
    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
    Appendices.

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    Pamela M. Jones, University of Massachusetts, Boston

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