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The Propagandist

Evonne Levy

in Propaganda and the Jesuit Baroque

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780520233577
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233577.003.0004
The Propagandist

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One of the most striking aspects of the literature on propaganda is that the “propagandist” is an anonymous figure. With few exceptions, the propagandist remains a hidden character. Ideology, or the institution that embraces and enforces that ideology, is the apparent author of propaganda. As such, propaganda as a “work” is inimical to a Kantian notion of art, dependent as the latter is on the authorship of free individuals. The inimicability of corporate authorship to the very notion of art has long stood at the center of debate about the Jesuit Style and was extended to the Catholic Baroque. The most pointed and influential articulation of this thesis was the centerpiece of Benedetto Croce's work on the Baroque, which was widely influential for generations of intellectuals, including art historians. This chapter focuses on the Jesuit corporate culture of architecture and looks at the role of the Jesuits in the design of the Chapel of St. Ignatius.

Keywords: propaganda; propagandist; art; authorship; architecture; Jesuits; Chapel of St. Ignatius; Benedetto Croce; Jesuit Style; Catholic Baroque

Chapter.  17435 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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