Jesuit Art

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Jesuit Art | Mia M. Mochizuki

Jesuit Art

Mia M. Mochizuki

Brill Research Perspectives in Jesuit Studies


January 2022


220 pages

In Jesuit Art, Mia Mochizuki considers the artistic production of the pre-suppression Society of Jesus (1540–1773) from a global perspective. Geographic and medial expansion of the standard corpus changes not only the objects under analysis, it also affects the kinds of queries that arise. Mochizuki draws upon masterpieces and material culture from around the world to assess the signature structural innovations pioneered by Jesuits in the history of the image. When the question of a ‘Jesuit style’ is rehabilitated as an inquiry into sources for a spectrum of works, the Society’s investment in the functional potential of illustrated books reveals the traits that would come to define the modern image as internally networked, technologically defined, and innately subjective.

Mia M. Mochizuki, Ph.D. (2001, Yale University) was formerly tenured Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts and at NYU Abu Dhabi. Her publications include The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm (2008), Dawn of a Global Age (2017), and, with Christine Göttler, The Nomadic Object (ed., 2018).

Part 1: Introduction
 1.1 Jesuit Art
 1.2 Context
 1.3 Resources
 1.4 Rationale

Part 2: Sources
 2.1 A “Jesuit Style”?
 2.2 The Spiritual Exercises ( Exercitia spiritualia)
 2.3 The Evangelicae historiae imagines
 2.4 The Imago primi saeculi Societatis Iesv

Part 3: Contributions
 3.1 The Networked Image
 3.2 The Technological Image
 3.3 The Subjective Image

Part 4: In Place of a Conclusion
 4.1 What If There Was No Jesuit Art?


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