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

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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.

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"...richly illustrated...This superbly organized book will prove to be an indispensable resource for further study of landscape as an important philosophical and spiritual genre." College Art Association

"A masterful study, beautifully produced with lavish illustrations, Courtright's work considerably deepens our understanding of how Gregory III's Tower of the Winds, by joining scientific motivation, politics and art in the service of his program of reform, is the tangible and lasting expression of his rulership."
Rebecca Leuchak, Roger Williams University, Religious Studies Review

"Meticulously researched and carefully argued, Courtright's study will certainly be recognized as the definitive monograph on the overlooked monument. Cambridge University Press is also to be applauded for the high production quality of this volume" - Steven F. Ostrow, University of California, Riverside

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521624374
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • 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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