Sacred Spain

Art and Belief in the Spanish World

Edited by Ronda Kasl; Essays by Alfonso Rodríguez G. de Ceballos, Javier Portús, Luisa Elena Alcalá, William A. Christian, Jr., María Cruz de Carlos Varona, Jaime Cuadriello, and Ronda Kasl

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January 5, 2010
400 pages, 10 x 12
25 b/w + 125 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300154719
Cloth

Distributed for the Indianapolis Museum of Art

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. 

 

Ronda Kasl is senior curator of painting and sculpture before 1800 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


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Indianapolis Museum of Art (10/11/09 – 1/3/10)

‘A good overview of 17th-century Spanish culture and Christianity…This book is ideal for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of sacred and devotional Spanish art.’ — Anna Arco, Catholic Herald

'An impressive testimony to what must have been a striking exhibition…. a remarkable publication that provides an impressive survey of the rich variety of religious representations produced in Spain and Spanish America.' — Jeremy Roe, Art and Christianity Enquiry

"This large, well-illustrated and relatively inexpensive catalogue will reach a wider public than the exhibition could do, and thus it is a permanent and useful repository for the research carried out for the exhibition."—Rosa Somerville, The Art Book

"[A] handsome and lavishly illustrated volume. . . . Although the essays approach the subject from different angles, the picture that emerges is a coherent one."—J. H. Elliott, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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