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978-0-521-55470-1 / 9780521554701

The Altars and Altarpieces of New St. Peter's: Outfitting the Basilica, 1621-1666 (Monuments of Papal Rome)

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Publisher:Cambridge University Press

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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Following the completion of the construction of new St. Peter's in the second decade of the seventeenth century, a series of monumental altarpieces was commissioned to decorate its altars. Here for the first time the altarpieces of St. Peter's are considered collectively, within the liturgical and artistic program of the building as a whole. Louise Rice takes a comprehensive approach to this critical chapter in the history of Italian Baroque art, offering insight into the mechanisms, motives, and meanings of papal patronage in the premier church of Catholicism.

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