Art on the Jesuit Missions in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773 by Gauvin Alexander BaileyArt on the Jesuit Missions in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773 by Gauvin Alexander Bailey

Art on the Jesuit Missions in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773

byGauvin Alexander Bailey

Paperback | November 15, 2001

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When the Jesuit missionaries ventured from Europe to newly discovered territories in Asia and Latin America, they brought with them the rich traditions of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture. What happened to the artistic and social practices already thriving in the communities that the missionaries encountered is the story told by art historian and Jesuit specialist Gauvin Alexander Bailey.

The Jesuits, determined to convert both spiritually and culturally, put great effort into imparting their own artistic techniques and knowledge. At the same time they were unusually tolerant of the non-European cultures, making artistic accommodations in order to communicate with each particular society. The resulting hybridization was complex: German, Italian, and Flemish as well as the dominant Spanish and Portuguese idioms mingled with multiple Asian and Amerindian traditions.

Bailey argues that this cross-pollination of early modern art became the first truly global visual currency for cultural exchange. Through a sweeping look at Japan, China, Mughul India, and Paraguay, the author focuses on four of the most flourishing artistic encounters and discovers much unrecognized or misunderstood art. He overturns the simple thesis that art was imposed on subject cultures in favour of the more difficult paradigm of exchange. This meticulously researched book has over 100 beautiful illustrations and a thorough index.

Winner of the 2000 Roland H. Bainton Prize Winner for Art and Music History - Sixteenth Century Studies Conference

Gauvin Alexander Bailey is an associate Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University.
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Title:Art on the Jesuit Missions in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773Format:PaperbackPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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When the Jesuit missionaries ventured from Europe to newly discovered territories in Asia and Latin America, they brought with them the rich traditions of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture. What happened to the artistic and social practices already thriving in the communities that the missionaries encountered is the story told by art historian and Jesuit specialist Gauvin Alexander Bailey.The Jesuits, determined to convert both spiritually and culturally, put great effort into imparting their own artistic techniques and knowledge. At the same time they were unusually tolerant of the non-European cultures, making artistic accommodations in order to communicate with each particular society. The resulting hybridization was complex: German, Italian, and Flemish as well as the dominant Spanish and Portuguese idioms mingled with multiple Asian and Amerindian traditions.Bailey argues that this cross-pollination of early modern art became the first truly global visual currency for cultural exchange. Through a sweeping look at Japan, China, Mughul India, and Paraguay, the author focuses on four of the most flourishing artistic encounters and discovers much unrecognized or misunderstood art. He overturns the simple thesis that art was imposed on subject cultures in favour of the more difficult paradigm of exchange. This meticulously researched book has over 100 beautiful illustrations and a thorough index.Winner of the 2000 Roland H. Bainton Prize Winner for Art and Music History - Sixteenth Century Studies Conference'Dr. Bailey argues persuasively that European art was not simply imposed upon non-European cultures, but rather, recognizing the tremendous diversity of the contact cultures; the author adroitly considers this contact as a two-way dialogue. Dr. Bailey emphasizes correctly the fascinating assimilations and subsequent mutations of the European models. This is not a book about Jesuit art in Paraguay or Japan even though it actually functions as a guide to some of these lands better than any existing literature. Rather it assesses broader trends ... it should become an excellent methodological and intellectual model for all scholars working on this material.' - Professor Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas