The Resource Invisible city : the architecture of devotion in seventeenth century Neapolitan convents, Helen Hills

Invisible city : the architecture of devotion in seventeenth century Neapolitan convents, Helen Hills

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Invisible city : the architecture of devotion in seventeenth century Neapolitan convents
Title
Invisible city
Title remainder
the architecture of devotion in seventeenth century Neapolitan convents
Statement of responsibility
Helen Hills
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
More than any other European city, Baroque Naples was dominated by convents. Behind their imposing facades and highly decorated churches, the convents of Naples housed the daughters of the city's most exclusive families, women who, despite their cloistered existence, were formidable players in the city's power structure. Invisible City vividly portrays the religious world of seventeenth-century Naples, a city of familial and internecine rivalries, of religious devotion and intense urban politics, of towering structures built to house the virgin daughters of the aristocracy. Helen Hills demonstrates how the architecture of the convents and the nuns' bodies they housed existed both in parallel and in opposition to one another. She discusses these women as subjects of enclosure, as religious women, and as art patrons, but also as powerful agents whose influence extended beyond the convent walls. Though often ensconced in convents owing to their families' economic circumstances, many of these young women were able to extend their influence as a result of the role convents played both in urban life and in art patronage.; The convents were rich and powerful organizations, riven with feuds and prey to the ambitions of viceregal and elite groups, which their thick walls could not exclude. Even today, Neapolitan convents figure prominently in the city's fabric. In analyzing the architecture of these august institutions, Helen Hills skillfully reads conventual architecture as a metaphor for the body of the aristocratic virgin nun, mapping out the dialectic between flesh and stone
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
271/.9004573
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BX4220.I8
LC item number
H55 2004eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Invisible city : the architecture of devotion in seventeenth century Neapolitan convents, Helen Hills
Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-251) and index
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
INTRODUCTION: Convents and Conventual Life in Early Modern Italy; 1 Cittadelle sacre and the Politics of Conventual Urbanism; 2 Virginity and Enclosure; 3 Dowries and Daughters; 4 Living Like Ladies: Conventual Patronage; 5 Convents and Conflict: Conventual Urbanism in Naples; 6 Conventual Optics of Power; CONCLUSION: Conventual Architecture as Metaphor for the Body; Notes; Glossary; A; B; C; D; E; G; L; M; O; P; R; S; T; V; Z; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z
Control code
ocm65192710
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 268 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781423761266
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
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not applicable
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.b36364885
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)65192710
  • ebsco128047100X

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