Papacy and the Art of Reform in Sixteenth-Century Rome: Gregory XIII's Tower of the Winds in the Vatican

Papacy and the Art of Reform in Sixteenth-Century Rome: Gregory XIII's Tower of the Winds in the Vatican

by Nicola Courtright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521624371

ISBN-13: 9780521624374

Pub. Date: 01/12/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From his election in 1572 to his death in 1585, Pope Gregory XIII spent a great deal of money on the building and restoration of Rome's streets, churches and public monuments. One major monument, the three-story apartment rising from the Vatican Palace called the Tower of the Winds, was built to celebrate the most famous achievement of Gregory's papacy, the

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Overview

From his election in 1572 to his death in 1585, Pope Gregory XIII spent a great deal of money on the building and restoration of Rome's streets, churches and public monuments. One major monument, the three-story apartment rising from the Vatican Palace called the Tower of the Winds, was built to celebrate the most famous achievement of Gregory's papacy, the calendar reform. Its innovations in architecture and decoration and its wider religious and political purpose are the subject of this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521624374
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/12/2003
Series:
Monuments of Papal Rome Ser.
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Imagery of Counter-Reformation Rome, the Vatican, and the Papacy Under Gregory XIII: 1. Reformed Rome and the person of the pope; 2. The Tower of the Winds and calendar reform; Part II. 3. Architecture unifying imagery of rule and retreat; 4. The meridian room: art of time, cosmos, and the counter reformation; 5. Cycles: rooms of old testament patriarchs, apostles, Tobias, and old testament women views: room with topographical views; room of imaginary views; 6. Conclusion.

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