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Propaganda and the Jesuit Baroque

Evonne Levy


This revisionist work brings fresh theoretical perspectives to the study of the “propagandistic” art and architecture of the Jesuit order as exemplified by its late Baroque Roman church interiors. The first extensive analysis of the aims, mechanisms, and effects of Jesuit art and architecture, this study also evaluates how the term “propaganda” functions in art history, distinguishes it from rhetoric, and proposes a precise use of the term for the visual arts for the first time. The book begins by looking at Nazi architecture as a gateway to the emotional and ethical issues raised by the term ... More

Keywords: rhetoric, Jesuit order, Baroque art, Roman church, propaganda, Nazi architecture, Jesuit Style, authorship, message, diffusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520233577
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evonne Levy, author