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Title Benedict XIV and the enlightenment : art, science, and spirituality / edited by Rebecca Messbarger, Christopher M.S. Johns, and Philip Gavitt
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (xxx, 505 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Toronto Italian Studies
Toronto Italian studies.
Contents Preface: Interpreting a papacy, revising an age / Rebecca Messbarger -- Introduction: The scholars' pope: Benedict XIV and the Catholic Enlightenment / Christopher M.S. Johns -- Benedict's patronage of learned women / Marta Cavazza -- The pope and the Englishwoman: Benedict XIV, Jane Squire, the Bologna Academy, and the problem of longitude / Paula Findlen -- Benedict XIV and new world convent reform / Stephanie Kirk -- The art and science of human anatomy in Benedict's vision of the Enlightenment church / Rebecca Messbarger -- The devil's advocate among the physicians: what Prospero Lambertini learned from medical sources / Gianna Pomata -- Modernizing the miraculous body in Prospero Lambertini's De servorum Dei / Fernando Vidal -- Benedict XIV and the natural sciences / John L. Heilbron -- Benedict XIV and the Galileo affair: liberalization or carelessness? / Maurice A. Finocchiaro -- Reorder and restore: Benedict XIV, the Index, and the Holy Office / Maria Pia Donato -- Lambertini's treatises and the cultural project of Benedict XIV: two sides of the same policy / Maria Teresa Fattori -- Benedict XIV and the holiness of the popes in the first half of the eighteenth century / Roberto Rusconi -- Vicar of Christ and Alter Christus: Benedict XIV's Della S. Messa / Peter Björn Kerber -- Prospero Lambertini and the Accademia degli Arcadi (1694-1708) / Paola Giuli -- Benedict XIV's enlightened patronage of the Capitoline Museum / Carole Paul -- Papal diplomacy and the Catholic Enlightenment: Benedict XIV's Caffeaus in the Quirinal Gardens / Christopher M.S. Johns -- Pedagogy in plaster: Ercole Lelli and Benedict XIV's Gipsoteca at Bologna's Instituto delle Scienze e delle Arti / Jeffrey Collins -- Ethnicity, empire, and "Europe": Jesuit art in China during the papacy of Benedict XIV / Kristina Kleutghen -- Academic practice and Roman architecture during the reign of Benedict XIV / Tommaso Manfredi
Summary Pope Benedict XIV Lambertini (r. 1740-58) was one of the driving forces behind the Italian Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. His campaign to reconcile faith and empirical science, re-launch a dialogue between the Church and the European intellectual community, and expand papal patronage of the arts and sciences helped restore Italy's position as a center of intellectual and artistic innovation. Benedict XIV and the Enlightenment offers a broad and nuanced assessment of Benedict's engagement with Enlightenment art, science, spirituality, and culture. The collection's essays, written by international experts in the field, cover topics ranging from Benedict's revisions to the Church's procedures for beatification and sanctification to his patronage of women scientists and mathematicians at the university in Bologna, his birthplace
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Benedict XIV, Pope, 1675-1758.
Benedict XIV, Pope, 1675-1758
Enlightenment -- Italy
Popes -- Biography
HISTORY -- General.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Catholic.
Intellectual life
Italy -- Intellectual life -- 1559-1789.
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
Author Messbarger, Rebecca Marie, editor.
Johns, Christopher M. S., editor.
Gavitt, Philip, 1950-2020, editor
ISBN 9781442624757