Lecture: Ingrid Rowland on a Rivalry of Jesuit Architects in 17th Century Rome

Thursday, February 13, 2020
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
SMITH Rehm Lib
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Lecture - Speaker
Danielle Kane
McFarland Ctr. for Religion, Ethics and Culture

Ingrid Rowland, University of Notre Dame professor of architecture and history, based in Rome, will offer a review of Jesuit architecture in Rome, including the churches San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant' Andrea al Quirinale, built a few hundred yards apart by great rival architects of the 17th century. 
Francesco Borromini’s San Carlo is tiny, made of humble materials, with forms that can only be described through higher mathematics. Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Sant’ Andrea is large, lavish, and composed (with one exception) entirely in simple geometries. Both churches were built for religious orders: the Discalced Trinitarians and the Society of Jesus. Both try to bring Heaven down to earth in an attempt to raise their congregations to Heaven through what Saint Paul calls “edifying. . .in love.” Amid this seething competition, the third great architect of Baroque Rome, Pietro da Cortona, staked his own claim—but as a painter.  

Categories: McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

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