This study analyzes the ways in which a variety of cultural manifestations were the necessary preconditions for (religious) policy and power in the Rome of Urban VIII (1623-1644). Precisely their interaction created what we now call?Baroque Culture?
Intro. When the bees flew. -- Prologue. Giacinto Gigli, chronicler, or: power in the streets of Rome. -- Chap. 1. The Barberini build a chapel, or: rising to power in post-Tridentine Rome. -- Chap. 2. Maffeo Barberini-Urban VIII, the poet-Pope, or: the power of poetic propaganda. -- Chap. 3. The 'days and works' of Francesco, Cardinal Barberini, or: how to be a powerful cardinal-padrone? -- Chap. 4. Prince Eckembergh comes to dinner, or: power through culinary ceremony. -- Chap. 5. The bare feet of St. Augustine, or: the power of religions images. -- Chapt. 6. Lucas Holste (1596-1661), scholar and librarian, or: the power of books and libraries. -- Chap. 7. Ibrahim al-Hakilani (1605-1664), or: the power of scholarship and publishing. -- Chap. 8. Urban VIII between white magic and black magic, or: holy and unholy power. -- Epilogue. The return of the muses: instruments of cultural policy in Barberini Rome, 1623-1644. -- Conclusion. "i'Età ̀̀̀̀̀̀fortunata del Mele" or 'Honey's happy age': the Barberini pontificate as a generation, a crossroads -- problems of perspective
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