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Cultivating Piety. Religious Art And Artists After The Council Of Trent

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Already since her youth, the Dominican tertiary Osanna Andreasi da Mantova had been very responsive to images. More than fifty years after Osanna Andreasis ecstacy on an image offered by a monk in the monastery of St Mary in Milan for inspection, Catholic clergymen may have raised similar questions when they took a critical look at contemporary religious images. This critical look was prompted by the generally disapproving attitude towards religious art by the Protestants. In December 1563, the church fathers at the Council of Trent decreed in accordance with the tradition of the Church, that images should not only instruct the faithful, but also move them to adore and love God and cultivate piety. A number of treatises were composed to clarify and specify these decrees. The two most important of them were written by Joannes Molanus, published in 1570, and Gabriele Paleotti, in 1582.

Keywords: council of trent; Osanna Andreasi da Mantova; piety; religious art; religious images



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