INTERLUDE: BAROQUE ART AND THE EMBLEM
TRIDENTINE Catholicism found graphic and plastic embodiment in the painting of Correggio, Murillo, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, Guido Reni, and the Carracci, in the sculptures of Bernini, in the emblem books of the Jesuits and Benedictines; it transformed Rome into a city of magnificent churches, where the Seicento still lingers.
Here, in this pictorial world, will be found, urged with sensual power, all the themes which compelled the baroque imagination: angels and cherubs, the Infant Jesus, the shepherds and kings doing homage to the Nativity, the Circumcision, the crucified Saviour from whose wounds flow water and blood, the Sacred Heart, the Pietà, quem transivit gladius, the Assumption of the Mater Dei, the weeping Magdalen, the ecstatic Teresa, the Holy Innocents, the ripe men of martyrdom, the mystics receiving the stigmata or swooning in trances or carried into the seventh heaven, hearing the music of the angels, and, finally, the Day of Judgment when this miraculous globe dissolves into ashes and the trumpet of doom, mirum spargens sonum, calls the souls to final separation. 1
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Publication information: Book title: Richard Crashaw:A Study in Baroque Sensibility. Contributors: Austin Warren - Author. Publisher: Louisiana State University Press. Place of publication: University, La.. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 63.