In 1563, as part of its reform of the Catholic Church, the Council of Trent decreed the reestablishment and enforcement of strict enclosure for female convents, which forbade nuns from leaving their convents and outside visitors from entering them. Regulations regarding the architecture and governance of female convents sought to segregate them from secular society and their families, considered disruptive distractions to the spiritual lives and prayerful mission of nuns. Tridentine imposition of absolute cloister for nuns has been seen as profoundly disrupting the family and social networks through which convent patronage previously had functioned, but despite the Church's efforts to regulate religious women and maintain their separation from the secular world, cloistered nuns as a corporate body and as individuals still managed to actively engage in the patronage of art and architecture for their convents and churches in seventeenth-century Rome. This essay examines mechanisms by which Roman nuns effected their patronage by considering their access to and interaction with networks of intermediaries, including cardinal protectors, convent deputies, artists and family members who facilitated these endeavors...
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|Size: ||7.4 MB|
|Publisher: ||Italica Press, Inc.|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9781599103471 (DRM-PDF)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|