Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis by Amanda Wunder

By Amanda Wunder

Baroque artwork flourished in seventeenth-century Seville in the course of a tumultuous interval of financial decline, social clash, and common failures. This quantity explores the patronage that fueled this frenzy of non secular inventive and architectural job and the lasting results it had at the urban and its citizens.

Amanda Wunder investigates the good public initiatives of sacred paintings that have been initially conceived as medios divinos—divine recommendations to the issues that plagued Seville. those commissions incorporated new polychromed wood sculptures and richly embroidered garments for venerable previous photos, gilded altarpieces and enormous work for church interiors, intricate ephemeral and pageant books during which to recollect them, and the intestine protection or rebuilding of significant church buildings that had stood for centuries. intended to restore the town spiritually, those works additionally had a profound real-world influence. Participation within the creation of sacred artistic endeavors increased the social status of the artists who made them and the religious benefactors who commissioned them, and inspired laypeople to rally round pious factors. utilizing a various variety of textual and visible assets, Wunder presents a compelling examine the complicated visible global of seventeenth-century Seville and the inventive collaborations that concerned all degrees of society within the try out at its revitalization.

Vibrantly specified and punctiliously researched, Baroque Seville is an engaging account of Seville’s hard-won transformation into one of many best facilities of Baroque paintings in Spain in the course of a interval of crisis.

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