City, Temple, Stage: Eschatalogical Architecture And Liturgical Theatrics In New Spain by Jaime LaraCity, Temple, Stage: Eschatalogical Architecture And Liturgical Theatrics In New Spain by Jaime Lara

City, Temple, Stage: Eschatalogical Architecture And Liturgical Theatrics In New Spain

byJaime Lara

Hardcover | November 30, 2004

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"This is a surprising detective story tracing the very complex paths and intersections of cultural, iconographical, and theological influences that formed the architecture and liturgical spaces of New Spain. I don't know of another scholar who has commanded this kind of knowledge about the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim streams of influence and interaction which appeared in the chapels, temples, and theatrical ritual spaces of Mexico." --David Carrasco, Harvard University

City, Temple, Stage is a new interpretation of the art, architecture, and liturgy created for the conversion of Aztecs and other native peoples of central Mexico by European Franciscan missionaries in the mid-sixteenth century. Jaime Lara contends that the design of missionary centers, or so-called "fortress monasteries," can only be understood against the backdrop of the eschatological concerns of the age and the missionary techniques of the mendicant friars. Lara argues that these architectural constructions are quasi-theatrical sets for elaborate educational and liturgical events that acted as rehearsals for the last age of world history.

By analyzing the iconography associated with the Aztec religion and with Euro-Christian apocalyptic texts, Lara has been able to trace a consistent thread in the religious and liturgical imagination. The close parallels between the symbols and metaphors of Aztec religion and medieval Catholicism fostered an unusual synthesis between their different world visions. These visual, literary, and cultic metaphors survive in what we today call Mexican Catholicism. Drawing on his expertise as a medievalist, Latin Americanist, and architectural and liturgical historian, Lara offers an astonishingly comprehensive and compelling examination of the churches and liturgies created by the Franciscans for new Aztec Christians. Lara's fascinating narrative is supported by more than 230 images.
Jaime Lara is associate professor of Christian art and architecture and chair of the Program in Religion and the Arts at Yale University Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
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Title:City, Temple, Stage: Eschatalogical Architecture And Liturgical Theatrics In New SpainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 10 × 11 × 1.2 inPublished:November 30, 2004Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268033641

ISBN - 13:9780268033644

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"City, Temple, Stage is Jaime Lara's intense, complex study of the religious architecture of conversion in sixteenth-century New Spain. It is an attractive book, with glossy pages and designed as a square rather than a rectangle. . . .Lara's book is a powerful presentation of a host of compelling ideas about the origins of mission architecture, iconography, and liturgy as it was applied in New Spain and across the New World. . . . He has made an immense contribution to our understanding of the missionization process." --Sixteenth Century Journal