The Papacy and the Art of Reform in 16th-Century Rome: Gregory XIII’s Tower of the Winds in the Vatican
by Nicola M. Courtright
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Cambridge University Press; 2003; 344 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: Art, History
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From his election in 1572 to his death in 1585, Pope Gregory XIII spent a great deal of money building and restoring Rome’s streets, churches and public monuments. One major monument, the three-story apartment rising from the Vatican Palace called the Tower of the Winds, was built to celebrate the most famous achievement of Gregory’s papacy, calendar reform. Courtwright, a scholar of Baroque art, explores the tower’s innovations in architecture and decoration and its wider religious and political purposes.