1st Edition

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

By Teresa Delgado-Jermann Copyright 2023
    258 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    PART I

    Sources, Methods and Historical Context

    1 Written Sources

    2 Artistic Sources

    3 Historical Context



    4 St. Peter’s Basilica: The Ground Zero for Catholic Image-making

    5 Julius III, Paul IV and Pius IV: A Laboratory for a New Media Strategy? Papal Art Commissions and Propaganda During and Immediately After Trent

    6 Pius V and Gregory XIII: The Pinnacle of Catholic Reform?

    7 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)

    8 Comparative Findings and Final Results



    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.