Pontificate of Clement VII: History, Politics, Culture

Pontificate of Clement VII: History, Politics, Culture

by Kenneth Gouwens, Sheryl E Reiss
     
 

This interdisciplinary volume, the first on the subject, constitutes a major step forward in our understanding of Clement VII's pontificate. Looking beyond Clement's well-known failures, and anachronistic comparisons with more 'successful' popes, it provides a fascinating insight into one of the most pivotal periods of papal and European history. Drawing on… See more details below

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This interdisciplinary volume, the first on the subject, constitutes a major step forward in our understanding of Clement VII's pontificate. Looking beyond Clement's well-known failures, and anachronistic comparisons with more 'successful' popes, it provides a fascinating insight into one of the most pivotal periods of papal and European history. Drawing on long-neglected sources, as rich as they are abundant, the contributors address a wide variety of important aspects of Clement's pontificate, re-assessing his character, familial and personal relations, political strategies, and cultural patronage, as well as exploring broader issues including the impact of the Sack of Rome, and religious renewal and reform in the pre-Tridentine period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754606802
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
05/30/2005
Series:
Catholic Christendom 1300-1700 Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Clement and calamity : the case for re-evaluation3
2Guicciardini, Giovio, and the character of Clement VII19
3The "disastrous" pontificate of Clement VII : disastrous for Giulio de 'Medici?29
4All in the family : the Medici women and Pope Clement VII41
5The conspiracy of 1522 against Cardinal Giulio de' Medici : Machiavelli and "gli esempli delli antiqui"55
6Clement VII and Francesco Maria Della Rovere, Duke of Urbino75
7Clement VII and the sack of Rome as represented in the Ephemerides Historicae of Cornelius de Fine109
8Rome during the sack : chronicles and testimonies from an occupied city125
9The papal court in exile : Clement VII in Orvieto, 1527-28143
10The place of Clement VII and Clementine Rome in Renaissance history165
11Clement VII and Michelangelo : an anatomy of patronage189
12Michelangelo and the Clementine architectural style199
13Clement VII and the golden age of the papal choir227
14Competition, collaboration, and specialization in the Roman art world, 1520-27253
15Papal tastes and musical genres : Francesco da Milano "Il Divino" (1497-1543) and the Clementine aesthetic277
16Seeking patronage under the Medici popes : a tale of two humanists293
17Augustan Mediterranean iconography and Renaissance hieroglyphics at the court of Clement VII : Sebastiano del Piombo's Portrait of Andrea Doria313
18Adrian VI, Clement VII, and art339
19Humanism and confession in Northern Europe in the age of Clement VII363
20Experiments in art and reform in Italy in the early sixteenth century385

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