Bernini and the Idealization of Death: The Blessed Ludovica Albertoni and the Altieri Chapel

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Tracing the history of the cult of Ludovica, the Altieri Chapel, and the statue, Shelley Perlove illuminates Bernini's contribution, both artistically and iconographically, to the chapel and proposes an interpretation of the precise nature of the experience the beata is undergoing in the sculpture. This interpretation is developed from an examination of the statue in the full context of other works of art in the chapel, medieval and Renaissance tomb sculpture, contemporary accounts of Ludovica's life and cult, ...

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Tracing the history of the cult of Ludovica, the Altieri Chapel, and the statue, Shelley Perlove illuminates Bernini's contribution, both artistically and iconographically, to the chapel and proposes an interpretation of the precise nature of the experience the beata is undergoing in the sculpture. This interpretation is developed from an examination of the statue in the full context of other works of art in the chapel, medieval and Renaissance tomb sculpture, contemporary accounts of Ludovica's life and cult, and devotional Catholic literature undoubtedly known to Bernini. Woven into an iconographic scheme whose layers of meaning are mutually independent, the statue and the other elements in the chapel convey a unified conception.

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Tracing the history of the cult of Ludovica, the Altieri Chapel, and the statue, Perlove history of art, U. of Michigan at Dearborn illuminates Bernini's contribution to the chapel and proposes an interpretation of the nature of the experience the beata is undergoing in the sculpture. The volume is marred by sloppy production e.g. plate 48 is upside down and plate 53 is completely out of register. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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  • ISBN-13: 9780271006840
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1990
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Shelley Karen Perlove is Associate Professor in the History of Art, University of Michigan at Dearborn.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
1 The Altieri Chapel and the Cult of Ludovica 3
2 The Beatification and the Commission 9
3 Bernini's Contribution 15
4 Visual Context 21
5 Charity and the Mystical Life 29
6 The Good Death 37
7 Image of Salvation 45
Appendixes 51
I. Ludovico da Modena, Cronaca della Riforma dal 1519 al 1722
II. From Fra Giovanni Pauolo, Vita della B. Ludovica Albertoni...
III. Letter of Carlo Cartari, 19 October 1674
IV. Project Drawing for San Francesco a Ripa and the Altieri Chapel
V. Selected Testimony from Congregatione Sacrorum Rituum
Notes 67
Bibliography 83
Index 89
Illustrations 97
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