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Visions of the divine

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Visions of the divine
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Baciccio's frescoes at the Gesù in Rome
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Nayyar
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Reshma
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1974-
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Reshma Nayyar
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Catherine R.
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Catherine R. Puglisi
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chair
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Sarah Blake
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Sarah Blake McHam
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internal member
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Marder
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Tod A.
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Gregory
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Gregory Waldrop
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Advisory Committee
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Rutgers University
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degree grantor
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Graduate School - New Brunswick
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2014
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2014-05
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eng
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Baciccio’s Triumph of the Name of Jesus (1676-1679) decorating the nave vault of the Gesù in Rome is a stunning exemplar of illusionistic Baroque ceiling painting. Its composition centers on the blazing letters IHS representing the Name of Jesus in the form of the Jesuit monogram that attracts the Blessed and repels the Damned. Its imagery has been widely accepted as a celebration of the Church Triumphant. My dissertation reexamines the meaning of the Triumph based on textual and visual evidence in conjunction with a consideration of its site in the mother church of the Society of Jesus, which reveals a conscious glorification of the Jesuit founder, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, even though he is not represented in the composition. Through an analysis of devotional and emblematic literature from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, I show that the allegorical and symbolic imagery of the Triumph, with its allusions to Ignatius, would have been understood by devout and erudite audiences at the Gesù. My dissertation further investigates the substitution of Joshua Stopping the Sun projected for the apse with Baciccio’s Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (1680-1683), in light of the original commission, the change in theme, and the relationship to the Triumph of both subjects. This shift in subject has been relegated to a mere passing mention and otherwise overlooked in scholarship on the frescoes. Based on a previously ignored connection between Ignatius and the Old Testament general Joshua, and on consideration of contemporary exigencies faced by the Society, I argue that the Jesuits’ decision to replace the subject of Joshua was to avoid antagonizing the reigning pope Innocent XI. Previously unpublished letters authored by the Jesuit Lazzero Sorba betray the precarious position in which Father General Oliva and the Jesuits found themselves during the reign of Innocent XI and support my claim. Finally, an analysis of the circumstances leading up to this change in subject demonstrates that Baciccio’s frescoes in the Gesù were not conceived as a unified program as has been accepted in scholarship, and they are more accurately characterized as a cycle.
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Art History
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Rutgers University Electronic Theses and Dissertations
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xviii, 412 p. : ill.
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Ph.D.
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Includes bibliographical references
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by Reshma Nayyar
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Gaulli, Giovanni Battista,--1639-1709
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Painting, Baroque
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Mural painting and decoration--17th century
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Mural painting and decoration--Italy--Rome
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Graduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
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doi:10.7282/T31V5C82
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ETD doctoral
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Nayyar
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Reshma
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2014-04-18 12:22:34
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Rutgers University. Graduate School - New Brunswick
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I hereby grant to the Rutgers University Libraries and to my school the non-exclusive right to archive, reproduce and distribute my thesis or dissertation, in whole or in part, and/or my abstract, in whole or in part, in and from an electronic format, subject to the release date subsequently stipulated in this submittal form and approved by my school. I represent and stipulate that the thesis or dissertation and its abstract are my original work, that they do not infringe or violate any rights of others, and that I make these grants as the sole owner of the rights to my thesis or dissertation and its abstract. I represent that I have obtained written permissions, when necessary, from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis or dissertation and will supply copies of such upon request by my school. I acknowledge that RU ETD and my school will not distribute my thesis or dissertation or its abstract if, in their reasonable judgment, they believe all such rights have not been secured. I acknowledge that I retain ownership rights to the copyright of my work. I also retain the right to use all or part of this thesis or dissertation in future works, such as articles or books.
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2014-05-31
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2016-05-30
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Access to this PDF has been restricted at the author's request. It will be publicly available after May 30th, 2016.
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