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

Linda Wolk-Simon and Christopher M. S. Johns

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Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Saint Joseph's University Press
Date Published: 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 978-0- 91610-100-8
Book Id: 86


2018 / hardcover / xv + 639 pp. / index / 8 x 10 inches / 246 color images

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The Holy Name: Art of the Ges¨. Bernini and His Age is the most significant book available in any language on the Church of the Ges¨ in RomeŚthe 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 Ges¨: 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 Ges¨'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masterpieces were joined by more than fifty paintings, sculptures, rare books, precious objects, drawings, prints, and historical documents by Bernini, Domenichino, Gaulli, Ciro Ferri, Carlo Maratta, and Andrea Pozzo, among other Italian baroque masters, on loan from U.S. museums and private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 Ges¨'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 Ges¨; 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.



Vincenzo D'Adamo, S.J., Rector of the Church of the Ges¨, Rome


Philippe deáMontebello Honorary Chair, Exhibition Committee


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.áS. Johns

"The Finger of God Is Here": The Farnese, the Jesuits, and the Ges¨

Linda Wolk-Simon

Instrument of Persuasion: The Fašade of the Ges¨

John Beldon Scott

The Church of the Ges¨ 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 Ges¨

Louise Rice

"Upon the Roof of Heav'n": Giovanni Battista Gaulli's Dome, Pendentive, and Vault Frescoes at the Ges¨

Christopher M.áS. Johns

The Triumph of the Name of Jesus: Evidence for the Evolution of the Nave Fresco in the Ges¨

Betsy Rosasco

Teatri sacri: Andrea Pozzo and the Quarant'ore at the Ges¨

Andrew Horn

The Altar of Aloysius Gonzaga in Sant'Ignazio in Rome: A Theater to a Jesuit Saint

Andrew Horn

Catalogue of the Exhibition


About the Authors


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