This volume, edited by Pamela M. Jones, Barbara Wisch, and Simon Ditchfield, focuses on Rome from 1492-1692, an era of striking renewal: demographic, architectural, intellectual, and artistic. Rome’s most distinctive aspects--including its twin governments (civic and papal), unique role as the seat of global Catholicism, disproportionately male population, and status as artistic capital of Europe--are examined from numerous perspectives. This book of 30 chapters, intended for scholars and students across the academy, fills a noteworthy gap in the literature. It is the only multidisciplinary study of 16th- and 17th-century Rome that synthesizes and critiques past and recent scholarship while offering innovative analyses of a wide range of topics and identifying new avenues for research.
Contributors are: Renata Ago, Elisa Andretta, Katherine Aron-Beller, Lisa Beaven, Eleonora Canepari, Christopher Carlsmith, Patrizia Cavazzini, Elizabeth S. Cohen, Thomas V. Cohen, Jeffrey Collins, Simon Ditchfield, Anna Esposito, Federica Favino, Daniele V. Filippi, Irene Fosi, Kenneth Gouwens, Giuseppe Antonio Guazzelli, John M. Hunt, Pamela M. Jones, Carla Keyvanian, Margaret A. Kuntz, Stephanie C. Leone, Evelyn Lincoln, Jessica Maier, Laurie Nussdorfer, Toby Osborne, Miles Pattenden, Denis Ribouillault, Katherine W. Rinne, Minou Schraven, John Beldon Scott, Barbara Wisch, Arnold A. Witte.
Pamela M. Jones, Ph.D. (1985), Brown University, is Professor Emerita of Art History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her books include
Altarpieces and Their Viewers in the Churches of Rome from Caravaggio to Guido Reni (Ashgate, 2008).
Barbara Wisch, Ph.D. (1985), University of California, Berkeley, is Professor Emerita of Art History at SUNY Cortland. Her publications include the co-authored
Acting on Faith: The Confraternity of the Gonfalone in Renaissance Rome (Saint Joseph's University Press, 2013).
Simon Ditchfield, Ph.D. (1991), Warburg Institute, is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of York (UK).
Papacy and Peoples: The Making of Roman Catholicism as a World Religion, 1500-1700 is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
"The volume is an outstanding summary of the state of research and a showcase for innovative work across a range of disciplines. Each essay presents a succinct and focused discussion, with an analysis of previous literature and a conclusion that outlines possibilities for future research. Contributions by several leading Italian scholars are presented in translation. Covering an admirably comprehensive range of topics, the chapters chart exciting prospects particularly for collaboration and interdisciplinary work [...] This is an important and enjoyable book, which does greater justice to the entirety of the Roman experience in the early modern period than any similar compilation. The editors must be thanked not only for the unusual degree to which the studies relate to one another but also for the remarkable unity of style- something that is all too rare in volumes of collected papers- that makes this book relevant both for scholars seeking the 'state of the question' and for non-academics and students." - Kathleen Christian, in:
College Art Association Reviews, November 2019 [
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A Companion to Early Modern Rome, 1492-1692 brings together a wide array of scholars to present snapshots of Rome, provide the most up-to-date survey of recent scholarship, and give insights into future avenues to explore. While each chapter stands alone well, taken together a richer picture of early modern Rome emerges, one in which the various aspects of its history come fuller into dialogue with one another. [...] On the whole, this is a masterful collection." - Robert John Cines, in:
Journal of Jesuit Studies 6 (2019)
Acknowledgments List of Figures List of Contributors
Introduction Pamela M. Jones, Barbara Wisch and Simon Ditchfield
part 1: Urbi et Orbi: Governing the City and International Politics
1 A Civic Identity Eleonora Canepari and Laurie Nussdorfer
2 The Roman Curia Miles Pattenden
3 Diplomatic Culture in Early Modern Rome Toby Osborne
4 Liturgical, Ritual, and Diplomatic Spaces at St. Peter’s and the Vatican Palace: the Innovations of Paul IV, Urban VIII, and Alexander VII Margaret A. Kuntz
5 Rome and the Vacant See John M. Hunt
6 Justice and Crime Elizabeth S. Cohen and Thomas V. Cohen
7 Romanus and Catholicus: Counter-Reformation Rome as Caput Mundi Simon Ditchfield
8 Celebrating New Saints in Rome and Across the Globe Pamela M. Jones
part 2: When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do: Living in the City and Campagna
9 The Plural City: Urban Spaces and Foreign Communities Irene Fosi
10 Rome’s Economic Life, 1492–1692 Renata Ago
11 “Charitable” Assistance between Lay Foundations and Pontifical Initiatives Anna Esposito
12 Building Brotherhood: Confraternal Piety, Patronage, and Place Barbara Wisch
13 Ghettoization: the Papal Enclosure and its Jews Katherine Aron-Beller
14 Roma Theatrum Mundi: Festivals and Processions in the Ritual City Minou Schraven
15 Roma Sonora: an Atlas of Roman Sounds and Musics Daniele V. Filippi
part 3: Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day: Mapping, Planning, Building, and Display
16 Mapping Rome’s Rebirth Jessica Maier
17 Papal Urban Planning and Renewal: Real and Ideal, c.1471–1667 Carla Keyvanian
18 Renovatio Aquae: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Tiber River in Early Modern Rome Katherine W. Rinne
19 Palace Architecture and Decoration in Early Modern Rome Stephanie C. Leone
20 The Cultural Landscape of the Villa in Early Modern Rome Denis Ribouillault
21 Elite Patronage and Collecting Lisa Beaven
22 Middle-Class Patronage, Collecting, and the Art Market Patrizia Cavazzini
23 Roman Church Architecture: the Early Modern Facade John Beldon Scott
24 Scale, Space, and Spectacle: Church Decoration in Rome, 1500–1700 Arnold A. Witte
part 4: Ars longa, vita brevis: Intellectual Life in the Eternal City
25 The Three Rs: Education in Early Modern Rome Christopher Carlsmith
26 Institutions and Dynamics of Learned Exchange Kenneth Gouwens
27 Scientific and Medical Knowledge in Early Modern Rome Elisa Andretta and Federica Favino
28 Roman Antiquities and Christian Archaeology Giuseppe Antonio Guazzelli
29 Printers and Publishers in Early Modern Rome Evelyn Lincoln
30 Sites and Sightseers: Rome through Foreign Eyes Jeffrey Collins
Appendix: List of Popes, 1492–1692 Bibliography Index
Everyone interested in multidisciplinary perspectives on early modern Rome's political, religious, social, intellectual, and cultural life, especially scholars and students across the academy.