In Jesuit Art, Mia Mochizuki considers the artistic production of the pre-suppression Society of Jesus (1540–1773) from a global perspective. Geographic and medial expansion of the standard corpus changes not only the objects under analysis, it also affects the kinds of queries that arise. Mochizuki draws upon masterpieces and material culture from around the world to assess the signature structural innovations pioneered by Jesuits in the history of the image. When the question of a ‘Jesuit style’ is rehabilitated as an inquiry into sources for a spectrum of works, the Society’s investment in the functional potential of illustrated books reveals the traits that would come to define the modern image as internally networked, technologically defined, and innately subjective.
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Mia M. Mochizuki, Ph.D. (2001, Yale University) was formerly tenured Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts and at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her publications include The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm (2008), Dawn of a Global Age (2017), and, with Christine Göttler, The Nomadic Object (ed., 2018).
“Mia Mochizuki’s newest book provides a fascinating methodological and bibliographic primer to Jesuit art, especially the role of print culture on the global stage. […] Her sections on context and resources offer excellent overviews of the basic literature, methodological approaches, and promising directions for studying Jesuit art.”
Jeffrey Chipps Smith, The University of Texas at Austin. In: Historians of Netherlandish Art Reviews, (February 2024)

“A handbook-level review that comprises the classic, must-read texts, controversial tomes and essays, and the most up to date inquiries. […] Mochizuki’s book successfully assembles a macro history of Jesuit art through a wide array of signature pieces and material culture but, at the same time, without obsessing too much over their details. […] It provides a unique pathway to approaching the connected history of early modern art, a guidebook that should be provided to anyone interested in Jesuit art.”
Wang Lianming, City University of Hong Kong. In: Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, Vol. 92, Fasc. 183 (2023-I), pp. 205–210.

“A book like this is enhanced by judicious use of images, reproduced clearly and when appropriate and possible in color. The author and the publisher merit praise for a large number of high-quality images.”
Thomas Worcester S.J., Fordham University. In: The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 109, No. 1 (Winter 2023), pp. 201–202.

“an ideal interactive pedagogical tool for seminar settings [...]. Stunningly rendered, the fruit of years of painstaking archival work, wide-ranging research, and the arduous acquisition of permissions (as evidenced by all the names in the acknowledgements), the work, written during the Covid-19 pandemic, is destined to become a classic for Ignatian spirituality.”
Eduardo C. Fernández, S.J., Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. In: Theological Studies, Vol. 84, No. 4 (November 2023), pp. 745–746.

Part 1: Introduction
 1.1 Jesuit Art
 1.2 Context
 1.3 Resources
 1.4 Rationale

Part 2: Sources
 2.1 A “Jesuit Style”?
 2.2 The Spiritual Exercises (Exercitia spiritualia)
 2.3 The Evangelicae historiae imagines
 2.4 The Imago primi saeculi Societatis Iesv

Part 3: Contributions
 3.1 The Networked Image
 3.2 The Technological Image
 3.3 The Subjective Image

Part 4: In Place of a Conclusion
 4.1 What If There Was No Jesuit Art?

All interested in early modern, religious, and global art history, and anyone concerned with Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, Jesuit studies, and the world-wide circulation of prints. Keywords: Renaissance art, Baroque art, religious art, Jesuit art and architecture, global art history, print history, 1540–1773, Jesuit style, Spiritual Exercises, Evangelicae historiae imagines, Imago primi saeculi Societatis Iesu, Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier.
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