From Rome to Eternity: Catholicism and the Arts in Italy, ca. 1550-1650

From Rome to Eternity: Catholicism and the Arts in Italy, ca. 1550-1650

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From Rome to Eternity: Catholicism and the Arts in Italy, ca. 1550-1650 by Ivor H. Jones

This book treats Rome, the arts and religious culture in Italy in the century or so after the Council of Trent. In that era, clerical bureaucrats may have sought to impose control and uniformity, but nine original essays in this volume demonstrate continuing vitality of a wide range of creative artistic production. The book is illustrated with more than 50 reproductions.
Part I and II explore themes of Italian Artists as Saints and Sinners, and Arts of Sanctity, Suffering, and Sensuality in Italy. Part III, Italy and Beyond: Rome and Global Catholic Culture, acknowledges world-wide dimensions of early modern Catholicism.
From Rome to Eternity elucidates the rich and multifaceted character of Catholicism in Italy, ca. 1550-1650. Papal Rome spoke, but even as Italian Catholics listened, they themselves also spoke, and wrote, sang, acted, painted.

Contributors include: Michael A. Zampelli, Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Fiora A. Bassanese, Peter Burke, James Clifton, Sheldon Grossman, Pamela Jones, Robert L. Kendrick, David M. Stone, and Thomas Worcester.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004124691
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/19/2002
Series: Cultures, Beliefs and Traditions: Medieval and Early Modern Peoples Series , #14
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Pamela M. Jones, Ph.D. (1985) in Art History, Brown University, is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her publications, including Federico Borromeo and the Ambrosiana (Cambridge, 1993), focus on Italian art and Catholic culture.
Thomas Worcester, Ph.D. (1994) in History, Cambridge University, is Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross. His publications on early modern religious culture include Seventeenth-Century Cultural Discourse: France and the Preaching of Bishop Camus (Berlin, 1997).

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Introduction, Thomas Worcester

PART ONE. ITALIAN ARTISTS AS SAINTS AND SINNERS
In Figura Diaboli: Self and Myth in Caravaggio’s David and Goliath, David M. Stone
Veronica Franco’s Poetics of Redemption, Fiora A. Bassanese
Giovan Battista Andreini’s Maddalena of 1617: Staging the Redemption of the Theatrical Profession, Michael A. Zampelli

PART TWO. ARTS OF SANCTITY, SUFFERING, AND SENSUALITY IN ITALY
Female Saints in Early Modern Italian Chapbooks, ca. 1570–1670: Saint Catherine of Alexandria and Saint Catherine of Siena, Pamela M. Jones
Martyrdom in Seventeenth-Century Italian Music, Robert L. Kendrick
‘Being Lustful, He Would Delight in Her Beauty’: Looking at Saint Agatha in Seventeenth-Century Italy, James Clifton
The Sovereignty of the Painted Image: Poetry and the Shroud of Turin, Sheldon Grossman

PART THREE. ITALY AND BEYOND: ROME AND GLOBAL CATHOLIC CULTURE
Creating a Global Artistic Language in Late Renaissance Rome: Artists in the Service of the Overseas Missions, 1542–1621, Gauvin Alexander Bailey
Rome as Center of Information and Communication for the Catholic World, 1550–1650, Peter Burke

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