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

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Januar 2003



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.


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.


'This is a handsome book, well illustrated and with enough colour plates to give the reader a thorough understanding of this import, but hitherto neglected, project.' Art Newspaper 'Hendrik's book makes it clear once more that the brothers paved the way for many later generations of landscape painters. This lavishly illustrated volume is indispensable for anyone interested in the incunabula of landscape painting in Rome.' Burlington Magazine
EAN: 9780521624374
ISBN: 0521624371
Untertitel: 'Monuments of Papal Rome'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2003
Seitenanzahl: 344 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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