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Free Will Under Fire: Jesuit Church Decoration as Rhetorical Argument

Alexander Watkins


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Title

Free Will Under Fire: Jesuit Church Decoration as Rhetorical Argument

Author

Alexander Watkins

Advisor

Frima Fox Hofrichter

Date

2012

Subjects

  • Art, Baroque--Jesuit influences
  • Gaulli, Giovanni Battista, 1639-1709
  • Bernini, Gian Lorenzo, 1598-1680
  • Art, Baroque--Italy

    Abstract

    This thesis examines the Baroque decoration of three Jesuit churches constructed or redecorated in the second half of the 17th century: Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, Il Gesu, and Sant'Ignazio. It investigates the history of Jesuit patronage and the religious environment of the time to identify how these churches constructed and conveyed a particularly Jesuit message in a new Baroque style.

    It argues that criticism of the Jesuit position on the role of free will and grace in salvation by the Jansenists and Quietists prompted the adoption of the Baroque in these Churches. These theologies underpinned the Jesuit evangelical mission throughout the world, and thus were vigorously defended by the Jesuits. This argument overcame a history of simplicity in the Order, and became embedded in the newly Baroque art of their churches. The result was three of the grandest and most spectacular churches anywhere.

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Alexander Watkins, “Free Will Under Fire: Jesuit Church Decoration as Rhetorical Argument,” History of Art & Design Theses, accessed September 22, 2017, http://hadthesis.pratt.edu/items/show/25.

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Copyright 2012 Alexander Watkins