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The Visual Culture of Catholic Enlightenment

Johns, Christopher M.S.

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ISBN 10: 0271062088 / ISBN 13: 9780271062082
Verlag: Penn State University Press, 2014
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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "This groundbreaking book defines in depth and breadth the parameters of the Catholic Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Papal Rome, revealing the extent of the Church's engagement with the secular Enlightenment through Papal initiatives for religious and more secular reforms that had a direct impact on the visual arts, the sciences, and many facets of culture. A remarkable range and variety of such projects are studied in a broader cultural context, including fascinating subjects such as the Pope's coffee house in the Palazzo del Quirinale, the founding of the Capitoline Museum, the restoration of the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum, and the cult of the saints, to name but a few. In this lucidly written and richly researched book, Christopher Johns recreates a complex historical fabric through the interweaving of art and culture during a period when Rome was the epicenter of the Grand Tour and Enlightenment Europe. This magisterial study should find a prominent and permanent place on the shelf of every student and scholar of eighteenth-century European visual culture." --Dorothy Johnson, University of Iowa. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0271062088

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In The Visual Culture of Catholic Enlightenment Christopher Johns addresses the reforming impulse of the Catholic Church in the middle decades of the eighteenth century and its impact on art and visual culture, broadly defined. Until relatively recently, most scholars considered the notion of a Catholic Enlightment either oxymoronic or illusory, since received wisdom was that the Catholic Church was a tireless and indefatigable enemy of modernist progress. According to Johns, however, the eighteenth-century Papacy recognized many of the advantages of engaging certain aspects of enlightenment thinking and many in the ecclesiastical hierarchy, both in Italy and abroad, were sincerely interested in making the Church more relevant in the modern world and, above all, in reforming the various institutions that governed society. Johns presents the visual culture of papal Rome as a major change agent in the cause of Catholic enlightenment while assessing its continuing links to tradition. The Visual Culture of Catholic Enlightenment sheds substantial light on the relationship between eighteenth-century Roman society and visual culture and the role of religion in both.

Über den Autor: Christopher M.S. Johns is the Norman and Roselea Goldberg Professor of the history of art at Vanderbilt University.

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Titel: The Visual Culture of Catholic Enlightenment

Verlag: Penn State University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2014

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