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The Possessions of a Cardinal

Politics, Piety, and Art, 1450-1700

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Hardback

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Cardinals occupied a unique place in the world of early modern Europe, their distinctive red hats the visible signs not only of impressive careers at the highest rank the pope could bestow, but also of their high social status and political influence on an international scale. Appointed for life, these princes of the Church played a key role in the dramatic events during a period in which both the power and authority of the papacy was challenged. Cardinals crossed the ambiguous boundaries then existing between religious and secular power. Granted unparalleled access to Church and private property, they spent considerable time, money, and effort on making the best collections of art and antiquities. Some commissioned artworks in churches that advertised their monastic or national connections, while others took Rome and the papacy abroad to enrich their own cities and countries. But theirs was a precarious dignity: while cardinals could thrive during one papacy, they could suddenly fall from power during the next. The new research represented by the sixteen case studies in "The Possessions of a Cardinal" reveals how cardinals used their vulnerable position and spent their often substantial wealth on personal and religious interests. As a result, the tensions inherent in their position between the spiritual and the worldly are underscored.

Author Biography

Mary Hollingsworth is an independent scholar and author of several books, including The Cardinal's Hat: Money, Ambition, and Everyday Life in the Court of a Borgia Prince (2005). Carol M. Richardson is Lecturer in Art History at The Open University and Associate Dean (Curriculum and Awards) for the University's Faculty of Arts. She is the author of Reclaiming Rome: Cardinals in the Early Renaissance (1400-1480) (2007).
Release date Australia
February 5th, 2010
Contributors
Edited by Carol M. Richardson Edited by Mary Hollingsworth
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
16 Halftones, color; 60 Halftones, black and white
Imprint
Pennsylvania State University Press
Pages
480
Dimensions
178x254x40
ISBN-13
9780271034683
Product ID
3790666

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