Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis by Amanda WunderBaroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis by Amanda Wunder

Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of Crisis

byAmanda Wunder

Hardcover | February 2, 2017

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Baroque art flourished in seventeenth-century Seville during a tumultuous period of economic decline, social conflict, and natural disasters. This volume explores the patronage that fueled this frenzy of religious artistic and architectural activity and the lasting effects it had on the city and its citizens.

Amanda Wunder investigates the great public projects of sacred artwork that were originally conceived as medios divinos—divine solutions to the problems that plagued Seville. These commissions included new polychromed wooden sculptures and richly embroidered clothing for venerable old images, gilded altarpieces and monumental paintings for church interiors, elaborate ephemeral decorations and festival books by which to remember them, and the gut renovation or rebuilding of major churches that had stood for hundreds of years. Meant to revive the city spiritually, these works also had a profound real-world impact. Participation in the production of sacred artworks elevated the social standing of the artists who made them and the devout benefactors who commissioned them, and encouraged laypeople to rally around pious causes. Using a diverse range of textual and visual sources, Wunder provides a compelling look at the complex visual world of seventeenth-century Seville and the artistic collaborations that involved all levels of society in the attempt at its revitalization.

Vibrantly detailed and thoroughly researched, Baroque Seville is a fascinating account of Seville’s hard-won transformation into one of the foremost centers of Baroque art in Spain during a period of crisis.

Amanda Wunder is Associate Professor of History at Lehman College and of Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Title:Baroque Seville: Sacred Art in a Century of CrisisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 10 × 8 × 1 inPublished:February 2, 2017Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:027107664X

ISBN - 13:9780271076645


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Currency, Weights, and Measures


1 The Art of Disillusionment: The Patronage of Mateo Vázquez de Leca

2 The Piety of Powerful Neighbors: The Renovation of Santa María la Blanca

3 A Temporary Triumph: The Seville Cathedral’s Festival for San Fernando

4 The Nobility of Charity: The Church and Hospital of the Santa Caridad

5 The Phoenix of Seville: Rebuilding the Church of San Salvador






Editorial Reviews

“Wunder’s book is a well-written, tightly focused study of art and society in seventeenth-century Seville. It offers novel interpretations of major art and architectural monuments as well as lesser-known luxury objects and ephemeral festivals. Wunder’s attention to the process by which patrons—wealthy elites and common people, men and women—engaged with teams of artists forces a reconsideration of the efforts and intentions behind the making and meaning of art in the Baroque era.”—Jesús Escobar, author of The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid