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Images of Change
Visual Representations of Papal Power in Rome Following the Council of Trent

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ISBN 9781032258607
March 2, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Images of Change focuses on the visual propaganda employed by Catholic popes in Rome during the time of Tridentine Reform. In 1563, at the Council of Trent, the Catholic Church decided to reform its own use of imagery, in response to Protestant criticism. This volume examines how different sixteenth-century popes dealt with church reform by looking at the variety of artworks that were commissioned particularly in the city of Rome, the immediate sphere of influence of papal power. Based on original research in the Vatican archives, the book argues that because of the contradictory media strategies employed by individual popes, the papacy began to lose its spiritual and temporal influence and power.

This book will appeal to students and scholars alike interested in the Roman Catholic Church in and around the sixteenth-century, as well as Early Modern religious reform and Papal influence.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Part I: Sources, Methods and Historical Context / Part II: Analysis / St. Peter’s Basilica: The Ground Zero for Catholic Image Making / Pius V and Gregory XIII: The Pinnacle of Catholic Reform? / From the Exceptional Sixtus V (1585-1590) and the Short Pontificates of Urban VII (1590), Gregory XIV and Innocent IX (both 1590-1591) to the Turn of the Century and Clement VIII (1592–1605)


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Teresa Delgado-Jermann received her PhD in Early Modern History from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Her research focuses on pictorial propaganda; transcultural history; and the perception of ‘the other’. She currently works as a foreign correspondent for the Swiss public broadcasting company.