The Holy Name: Art of the Gesù; Bernini and His Age. Linda Wolk-Simon, Christopher M. S. Johns.

The Holy Name: Art of the Gesù; Bernini and His Age

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Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Saint Joseph's University Press
Date Published: 2018
Binding: HARDCOVER
ISBN: 9780916101008
Book ID: 86

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2018 / hardcover / xv + 639 pp. / index / 8 x 10 inches / 246 color images This book is considered an Oversize Book and ships for $9.00 + $2.00 for each additional copy. To view accurate shipping costs, please select UPS Ground - Oversize Books as your Shipping Method. The Holy Name: Art of the Gesù. Bernini and His Age is the most significant book available in any language on the Church of the Gesù in Rome—the mother church of the Society of Jesus. It is a permanent record of the landmark exhibition, mounted at the Fairfield University Art Museum (1 February – 19 May 2018), that featured artistic treasures, never before seen in the U.S., from the Gesù: Bernini’s bust of St. Robert Bellarmine; Gaulli’s monumental painted wood model of the apse; a gilt bronze altar sculpture by the versatile painter, draftsman and sculptor Ciro Ferri; the sumptuous jeweled cartegloria from the altar of St. Ignatius of Loyola; and the magnificent embroidered chasuble of the Gesù’s great benefactor, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. These masterpieces were joined by more than fifty paintings, sculptures, rare books, precious objects, drawings, prints, and historical documents by Bernini, Domenichino, Gaulli, Ciro Ferri, Carlo Maratta, and Andrea Pozzo, among other Italian baroque masters, on loan from U.S. museums and private collections. Richly illustrated with 246 color images, this volume tells the fascinating and intertwined stories of the Gesù’s early history and splendid interior embellishment, together with the foundational chapters of the Society of Jesus. The narrative threads of these stories include the enviable patronage of the powerful Farnese family, who championed the cause of the new order and funded the building of the Gesù; the long and at times challenging campaign to suitably embellish its austere and barren interior and dedicate its principal altars; and the imperative to formulate a new imagery exalting and promoting the Order’s founders, Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, following their canonization in 1622. The catalogue of the works of art included in the exhibition is preceded by fourteen essays by an international team of specialists in Italian baroque sacred art and religious culture. TABLE OF CONTENTS Greeting Vincenzo D’Adamo, S.J., Rector of the Church of the Gesù, Rome Foreword Philippe de Montebello Honorary Chair, Exhibition Committee Introduction Linda Wolk-Simon The Jesuits’ Engagement with the Arts: How Did It Happen? John W. O’Malley, S.J. The Fortunes of the Society of Jesus: Ecclesia triumphans to Dominus ac Redemptor Christopher M. S. Johns “The Finger of God Is Here”: The Farnese, the Jesuits, and the Gesù Linda Wolk-Simon Instrument of Persuasion: The Façade of the Gesù John Beldon Scott The Church of the Gesù in Rome and the First Phase of Its Decoration Gauvin Alexander Bailey The Lost Monument to Cardinal Robert Bellarmine Xavier F. Salomon The Honor of the Altar, the Fate of Cults: Jesuit Saints in Roman Churches (1670–1713) Evonne Levy Gian Paolo Oliva: The Forgotten Celebrity of Baroque Rome Franco Mormando Joshua and the Jesuits: The Battle for the Apse of the Gesù Louise Rice “Upon the Roof of Heav’n”: Giovanni Battista Gaulli’s Dome, Pendentive, and Vault Frescoes at the Gesù Christopher M. S. Johns The Triumph of the Name of Jesus: Evidence for the Evolution of the Nave Fresco in the Gesù Betsy Rosasco Teatri sacri: Andrea Pozzo and the Quarant’ore at the Gesù Andrew Horn The Altar of Aloysius Gonzaga in Sant’Ignazio in Rome: A Theater to a Jesuit Saint Andrew Horn Catalogue of the Exhibition Bibliography About the Authors Index