The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church

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Marcia B. Hall, Tracy E. Cooper
Cambridge University Press, Jul 22, 2013 - History - 356 pages
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This book examines the promotion of the sensuous as part of religious experience in the Roman Catholic Church of the early modern period. During the Counter-Reformation, every aspect of religious and devotional practice was reviewed, including the role of art and architecture, and the invocation of the five senses to incite devotion became a hotly contested topic. The Protestants condemned the material cult of veneration of relics and images, rejecting the importance of emotion and the senses and instead promoting the power of reason in receiving the Word of God. After much debate, the Church concluded that the senses are necessary to appreciate the sublime, and that they derive from the Holy Spirit. As part of its attempt to win back the faithful, the Church embraced the sensuous and promoted the use of images, relics, liturgy, processions, music, and theater as important parts of religious experience.
  

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Contents

St ohn and St Sebastian Genoa cathedral Page
5
Law Pisa cathedral
14
RECENT
21
TRENT SACRED IMAGES AND CATHOLICS
28
SPIRITUAL
49
Milan Museo PoldiPezzoli
55
IO Nicholas Dorigny after Raphael Healing of the Lame
67
I2 Workshop of Titian CnpidVienna Gemäldegalerie
92
43 Freudenstadt Evangelische Stadtkirche
197
ST PHILIP NERI
206
Federico Barocci Visitation ofthe Virgin Mary to Saint
208
5o Madonna with the Infant Christ Madonna della lallicella
217
54 Cavalier dArpino Giuseppe Cesari Coronation of
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Illustrations
241
AUGUSTINES
252
Georges de La Tour St erome Reading Nancy Musée
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Illustrations
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CENSURE AND CENSORSHIP IN ROME
136
Daniele claVolterra The Deposition Rome SS Trinita
149
Michelangelo Buonarotti The LastjadgnientVatican
164
Circle of Federico Zuccaro Federico Zuccaro and Other
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CARLO BORROMEO AND THE DANGERS
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39 Borrornean Wooden partition
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Masaccio St Peter Healing with His Shadow Florence
261
ALLEGORY BEFORE
273
74 Alessandro GalliBibiena Design for an Exposition
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Bibliography
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Index
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About the author (2013)

Marcia B. Hall is Professor of Italian Renaissance Art History and Director of Graduate Studies at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She is the author and editor of several books, including The Sacred Image in the Age of Art: Titian, Tintoretto, Barocci, El Greco, Caravaggio; After Raphael; and Renovation and Counter Reformation: Vasari and Duke Cosimo in Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce, 1564-77.

Tracy E. Cooper is Professor of Art History at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She is the author of Renaissance, and her book, Palladio's Venice: Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic, received the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize from the Renaissance Society of America as well as a Special Mention for the Premio Salimbeni. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships including, most recently, ones from the Renaissance Society of America and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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