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

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

by Jeffrey Collins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521809436

ISBN-13: 9780521809436

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores how Pius VI, the last great papal patron of the arts in the Renaissance and Baroque tradition, used the arts as a means of countering 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.…  See more details below

Overview

This book explores how Pius VI, the last great papal patron of the arts in the Renaissance and Baroque tradition, used the arts as a means of countering 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 his public persona, and helped to anchor Rome's position as the cultural capital of Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521809436
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

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