Between Renaissance and Baroque: Jesuit Art in Rome, 1565-1610

Gauvin Alexander Bailey

© 2003

Between Renaissance and Baroque is a stunning achievement - the first book to be written about the original painting commissions of the Jesuits in Rome. Offering a uniquely comprehensive and comparative analysis of the paintings and stuccoes which adorned all of the Jesuit foundations in the city during their first half century of existence, the study treats some of the most crucial monuments of late Renaissance painting including the original decorations of the church of the Gesù and the Collegio Romano, and the martyrdom frescoes at S. Stefano Rotondo.

Based on extensive new archival research from Rome, Florence, Parma, and Perugia, Gauvin Alexander Bailey's study presents an original, revisionist treatment of Italian painting in the last four decades of the sixteenth century, a critical transitional period between Renaissance and Baroque. Bailey relates the Jesuit painting cycles to the great religious and intellectual climate of the period, isolates the new stylistic trends which appeared after the Council of Trent, and looks at the different ways in which artists met the challenges for devotional art made by the religious climate of the post-Tridentine period.

Bailey also succeeds in providing the first ever written reconstructions of the Jesuit churches of S. Tommaso di Canterbury, S. Saba, and S. Apollinare, and the original novitiate complex of S. Andrea al Quirinale, the site of the most complex and original hospital decoration in late Renaissance Italy. Through these reconstructions, Bailey sheds new light on such works as Louis Richeôme's meditation manual on the paintings at S. Andrea, Le peinture spirituelle, a lively and detailed treatise on late Renaissance art that has never before been the subject of a thorough study. Ultimately, Bailey provides us with a new understanding of the stylistic and iconographic strands which shortly afterward were woven together to form the Baroque.

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Bailey provides us with a new understanding of the stylistic and iconographic strands which shortly afterward were woven together to form the Baroque.

Between Renaissance and Baroque: Jesuit Art in Rome, 1565-1610

Gauvin Alexander Bailey

© 2003

Between Renaissance and Baroque is a stunning achievement - the first book to be written about the original painting commissions of the Jesuits in Rome. Offering a uniquely comprehensive and comparative analysis of the paintings and stuccoes which adorned all of the Jesuit foundations in the city during their first half century of existence, the study treats some of the most crucial monuments of late Renaissance painting including the original decorations of the church of the Gesù and the Collegio Romano, and the martyrdom frescoes at S. Stefano Rotondo.

Based on extensive new archival research from Rome, Florence, Parma, and Perugia, Gauvin Alexander Bailey's study presents an original, revisionist treatment of Italian painting in the last four decades of the sixteenth century, a critical transitional period between Renaissance and Baroque. Bailey relates the Jesuit painting cycles to the great religious and intellectual climate of the period, isolates the new stylistic trends which appeared after the Council of Trent, and looks at the different ways in which artists met the challenges for devotional art made by the religious climate of the post-Tridentine period.

Bailey also succeeds in providing the first ever written reconstructions of the Jesuit churches of S. Tommaso di Canterbury, S. Saba, and S. Apollinare, and the original novitiate complex of S. Andrea al Quirinale, the site of the most complex and original hospital decoration in late Renaissance Italy. Through these reconstructions, Bailey sheds new light on such works as Louis Richeôme's meditation manual on the paintings at S. Andrea, Le peinture spirituelle, a lively and detailed treatise on late Renaissance art that has never before been the subject of a thorough study. Ultimately, Bailey provides us with a new understanding of the stylistic and iconographic strands which shortly afterward were woven together to form the Baroque.

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  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 552 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.8in x 1.2in x 9.8in
  • Author Information

    Gauvin Alexander Bailey is an associate Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction: A Time without Art?
    The Jesuits and the Visual Art, and Art and 'Counter-Reformation'
    The Debate over 'Mannerism,' and Art in Rome before the Jesuits
    The Directors of the Jesuit Painting Programs

    The Novitiate of S. Andrea al Quirinale
    The Foundation and Construction of the Novitiate
    The Chronology and Authorship of the Novitiate Decorations
    Louis Richeôme's Guide to the Novitiate Paintings
    The Novitiate Chapel of S. Andrea al Quirinale
    The Refectory
    The Lavatory and Galleries
    The Recreation Room
    The Dormitory

    The Novitiate Infirmary
    Rooms One to Five
    Rooms Six to Ten
    Rooms Eleven to Thirteen, and the Infirmary Refectory
    The Novitiate Infirmary Cycle in Context: Hospital Decoration in Renaissance Italy

    The Jesuit Collegiate Foundations of the Collegio Romano, the Seminario Romano, and the German-Hungarian College
    Jesuit Teaching and a Brief History of the Roman Collegiate Institutions
    The Paintings of the Collegio Romano and the Church of SS. Annunziata
    The Paintings of the Seminario Romano
    The Paintings of the German-Hungarian College and the Palaeochristian Revival Movement
    The Church of S. Seba
    The Church of S. Apollinare
    The Church of S. Stefano Rotondo: Paintings by Niccolò Circignani and Matteo a Siena
    The Subjects of Circignani's Paintings at S. Stefano
    The Church of S. Stefano Rotondo: Paintings by Antonio Tempesta
    The Church of S. Stefano Rotondo: The Balustrade

    The Collegiate Church of S. Tommaso di Canterbury and the Novitiate Church of S. Vitale
    The Venerable English College and S. Tommaso di Canterbury
    The Novitiate Church of S. Vitale

    The Church of the Gesù in Rome: Documents
    Overview of the Scholarship of the Gesù
    The Foundation and Construction of the Gesù
    The General Scheme of the Gesù Paintings
    The Artists of the Gesù Decorations
    The Nave Chapels: Left Side
    The Nave Chapels: Right Side
    The Apse and Crossing Area
    The West Wall, Sacristy, Confraternity Chapels, and Miscellaneous Minor Commissions

    The Church of the Gesù in Rome: Description and Interpretation
    The Nave Chapels: Left Side
    The Nave Chapels: Right Side
    The Apse and Crossing Area
    The Sacristy and the Tomb of Ignatius
    The Legacy of the First Gesù Decorations

    Conclusion: A New Sacred Art for a New Era
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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