Postscript from Berlin

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:
Postscript from Berlin

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This book has shown that Jesuit architecture had been neutralized with time—both with the receding of the political heat on the Jesuits and the emergence of more threatening ideologies and their architectures. To illustrate the kind of affect that can surround the art historical use of propaganda, the book invoked National Socialist architecture because it still proves very troubling. In order that the essence of propaganda be recognized in art history, we must maintain the kind of pressure that is present when there is something at stake. The book has also argued that what was at stake in Jesuit propaganda was the formation of subjects; it foregrounded the concrete accomplishment of subject formation that can result from the more conventionally explored aspects of Baroque art, expression, and meaning. For the Catholic Church of the early modern period, subject formation was an urgent project. During the rebuilding of Berlin, various strategies were adopted to contend with the continued embarrassment over architecture.

Keywords: Berlin; Jesuit architecture; art history; Jesuits; propaganda; subject formation; Catholic Church; Baroque

Chapter.  2561 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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