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Sacred Spain : Art and Belief in the Spanish World (Hardcover)

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The art of Spain and Spanish America during the 17th century is overwhelmingly religious?it was intended to arouse wonder, devotion, and identification. Its forms and meanings are inextricably linked to the beliefs and religious practices of the people for whom it was made. In this groundbreaking book, scholars of art and religion look at new ways to understand the reception of use of these images in the practice of belief. As a result, the book argues for a fundamental reappraisal of the cultural role of the Church based on an analysis of the specific devotional and ritual contexts of Spanish art.

Handsomely illustrated essays discuss paintings, polychrome sculptures, metalwork, and books. They call attention to the paradoxical nature of the most characteristic visual forms of Spanish Catholicism: material richness and external display as expressions of internal spirituality, strict doctrinal orthodoxy accompanied by artistic expression of surprising unconventionality, the calculated social projection of new devotional themes, and the divergence of popular religious practices from officially prescribed ones.

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Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780300154719
SKU 211416910
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0300154712
Release Date 1/5/2010
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0357
Publisher Indianapolis Museum of Art
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