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Papacy and politics in eighteenth-century Rome : Pius VI and the arts

Author: Jeffrey Laird Collins
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
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"Pius VI was the last great papal patron of the arts in the Renaissance and Baroque tradition. This book presents the first synthetic study of his artistic patronage and policies in an effort to understand how he used the arts strategically, as a means of countering the growing hostility to the old order and the supremacy of the papacy.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Pius, Pope; Pius, Papst VI.; Pius, Papst; Pius, Pope
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Laird Collins
ISBN: 0521809436 9780521809436
OCLC Number: 52377615
Description: xxii, 355 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: 1. Politics and possibilities--
2. Images of sovereignty--
3. Completing St Peter's--
4. The Gods' abode--
5. The eternal city--
6. Creating a nation.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Collins.
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"Pius VI was the last great papal patron of the arts in the Renaissance and Baroque tradition. This book presents the first synthetic study of his artistic patronage and policies in an effort to understand how he used the arts strategically, as a means of countering the growing hostility to the old order and the supremacy of the papacy.

Pius' initiatives included the grand sacristy for St. Peter's, the new Vatican Museum of ancient art, and the re-erection of Egyptian obelisks. These projects, along with Pius' use of prints, paintings, and performances, created Pius' public persona, and helped to anchor Rome's place as the cultural capital of Europe."--BOOK JACKET.

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