The Pathos of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts - The Baroque Era

Hardcover | March 28, 2014

byRichard Viladesau

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The Baroque period was in some senses the beginning of modern Western scientific and intellectual culture, the early budding of the Enlightenment. In the light of a new scientific and historical consciousness, it saw the rise of deism and the critique of traditional forms of Christianity.Secular values and institutions were openly or surreptitiously replacing the structures of traditional Christian society. At the same time, it was a time of religious renewal and of the reaffirmation of tradition. In sacred art, it was the age of of Bernini, Rubens, Van Dyck, Velazquez, andRembrandt; in church music, the period of Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Handel, Telemann, and Bach. The pathos of Christ's crucifixion - its power to evoke strong emotions of pity and compassion - was a central element in Baroque theology and spirituality. The sacred arts of the period reflect the centrality of this theme. Many of the works of the period retain their ability to move us emotionallyand spiritually centuries later - even though the theology they represent has been challenged and frequently rejected. This volume traces the ways in which Roman Catholic and Protestant theologies of the period continued to proclaim the centrality of cross of Christ to human salvation. In a parallelmovement, it illustrates how musical and artistic works of the period were both inspired and informed by these theologies, and how they moved beyond them in an aesthetic mediation of faith.

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The Baroque period was in some senses the beginning of modern Western scientific and intellectual culture, the early budding of the Enlightenment. In the light of a new scientific and historical consciousness, it saw the rise of deism and the critique of traditional forms of Christianity.Secular values and institutions were openly or s...

Richard Viladesau was ordained in 1969 in Rome for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He is Professor of Theology at Fordham University since 1988, and Administrator of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Saltaire, NY.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordAbbreviationsList of IllustrationsIntroduction: The social context of the Baroque period: the beginnings of modernityPart I: The survival of the classical paradigm of the cross in Roman Catholicism1. The theoretical mediation: the cross in Baroque Tridentine orthodoxy2. The aesthetic mediation: the cross in Baroque Catholic art3. The aesthetic mediation: the Passion in Catholic musicPart II: The cross in Protestant orthodoxy4. The theological mediation: Baroque Lutheran and reformed theology of the cross5. The aesthetic mediation: the cross in Protestant art6. The aesthetic mediation: Protestant Passion musicPart III: The challenge to the orthodox doctrine of redemption: the Enlightenment paradigm7. Challenges to the classical paradigm of the cross, and the emergence of a new paradigm of salvationEnvoiAppendix 1: Virtual museumAppendix 2: Discography of Passion music of the Baroque periodBibliographyIndexNotes