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:

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The French Marxist Louis Althusser's description of the functioning of ideology sets the stage for a reading of Jesuit propaganda. The proximity— if not the dependence—of Althusser's models of ideology on Christian models of subject formation points to its appropriateness for understanding visual propaganda in the Jesuit milieu in particular and the Catholic Baroque in general. The difference between meaning and message can be illustrated by restaging an encounter staged previously by W. J. T. Mitchell: Erwin Panofsky's iconography meeting Althusser's ideological interpellation. This chapter examines the role of the Catholic Church in producing propaganda, along with Althusser's Ideological State Apparatuses. It also looks at St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, and his biographer P. Pedro de Ribadeynera. Finally, the chapter considers the Ignatian cults in Rome during the 1680s-1690s, Andrea Pozzo's frescoes in the Church of St. Ignatius, and the Chapel of St. Ignatius.

Keywords: Louis Althusser; propaganda; message; Catholic Baroque; frescoes; Catholic Church; St. Ignatius of Loyola; Society of Jesus; cults

Chapter.  19371 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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