Research report 2017 - Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History
Materiality and Idolatry: Roman Imaginations of Saint Rose of Lima
Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rom, Italien
SummaryIn missionizing the New World, works of art propagated Catholic faith and served as examples for the right cult of images. When Rosa de Santa María from Lima was beatified in 1668 and canonized in 1671, her iconographic persona needed to be created and propagated. A painting by Lazzaro Baldi and a marble sculpture by Melchiorre Cafà show that the balance of power between papal Rome and Spanish Lima was negotiated by artistic means and that issues of materiality and idolatry were considered from a transcultural point of view.