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Invisible city : the architecture of devotion in seventeenth century Neapolitan convents

Author: Helen Hills
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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"Invisible City vividly portrays the religious world of seventeenth-century Naples, a city of familial and internecine rivalries, of religious devotion and intense urban politics, of towering structures built to house the virgin daughters of the aristocracy. Helen Hills demonstrates how the architecture of the convents and the nuns' bodies they housed existed both in parallel and in opposition to one another. She  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Hills
ISBN: 0195117743 9780195117745
OCLC Number: 123124467
Awards: Winner of Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Book Prize.
Description: xii, 268 pages, [40] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Convents and conventual life in early modern Italy --
Cittadelle sacre and the politics of conventual urbanism --
Virginity and enclosure --
Dowries and daughters --
Living like ladies : conventual patronage --
Convents and conflict : conventual urbanism in Naples --
Conventual optics of power --
Conclusion: Conventual architecture as metaphor for the body.
Responsibility: Helen Hills.

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