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Papacy and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Rome
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  • 186 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 378 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 1.115 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 707/.9/4563409033
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: N5273.2.P58 C65 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Pius--VI,--Pope,--1717-1799--Art patronage
    • Art, Italian--Italy--Rome--18th century
    • Christianity and art--Catholic Church
    • Art--Political aspects--Italy--Rome--History--18th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521809436 | ISBN-10: 0521809436)

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.

• Frst major study of Pius VI as an art patron • Based on extensive archival research, presents dozens of unknown or little-known artistic projects and monuments • Interdisciplinary approach to Roman art during the French Revolution


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.


'Collins's is an engrossing narrative, packed with examples of visual culture'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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