Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Architecture since 1400$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673964

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Baroque Rome

Baroque Rome

Chapter:
(p.125) 9 Baroque Rome
Source:
Architecture since 1400
Author(s):

Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.003.0009

This chapter discusses a theatrical approach to architecture known as the baroque, which shaped Rome’s architectural and urban space in the late sixteenth century and throughout the seventeenth century. The baroque was an architecture of persuasion that sought to convey the completeness of secular political power as well as transcendent religious experience. Originally celebrating Catholicism, its princes, and the pope, its air of unreality was particularly suited to propaganda. The shift from Renaissance to baroque classicism in Rome was spurred by threat to Catholicism posed by the Protestant Reformation in the first half of the sixteenth century. Though the Catholic Church was slow to reform itself, the Council of Trent completed its precepts for the revitalization of faith in 1563, which ultimately led to the drama that characterized seventeenth-century Italian architecture and urbanism.

Keywords:   baroque architecture, Rome, Catholicism, Protestant Reformation, Council of Trent, Italian architecture

Minnesota Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.