In This Most Perfect Paradise is the first extensive study of the early Renaissance papacy and its architectural policy. During the pontificate of Nicholas V a new concept of the Church and the papacy's role and mission came into focus and found expression in the collaboration between the pope and the period's most brilliant architect and theorist, Leon Battista Alberti.
Intending to convert the city into a magnificent sad visible representation of the newly constituted Church, the Pope and his architect produced the first city planning project based on modem concepts of the city and of urban planning. That individual buildings, and the entire city they formed, should be subjected to conscious design revealing an ideology was a new and lasting idea.
Professor Wcstfall explores with remarkable thoroughness early Renaissance painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as treatises on the arts and other humanist literature, to demonstrate that architecture had traditionally presented ideologica1 content. His study shows that many well-known works of art can take on a new meaning when viewed not only as stylistic phenomena but also as elements in a comprehensive civic culture. He expands an art historical subject to embrace an impressive knowledge of other historical disciplines, such as church history, intellectual history, the history of the city of Rome, literary history, theology, and medieval and renaissance philosophy.
In This Most Perfect Paradise is a fundamental contribution to Renaissance studies and establishes a new and important point of departure for future studies of the history of the city.
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Carroll William Westfall is Professor of Art and Architectural History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He holds degrees from the Universities of California and Manchester, and earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He has written extensively on Renaissance art and architecture and on Napoleonic city planning.
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Book Description Pennsylvania State Univ Pr, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110271011750