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Q: Good afternoon, my favorite blogger Caroline! You have great knowledge of history. And I thought that maybe you could help me out. I am writing a paper about the role of Catholic Church and religion in Italian politics and art. The problem is I need to be very laconic. That means I have to write only about a few apt examples. Can you suggest some events in Italian history that I can use in my work? I would appreciate any help.
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First off, thank you!

Secondly, there are a ton of examples, what with the Church being led by the pope, and the pope usually (back in yesteryear) hailing from a powerful Italian family.  Not so much anymore, of course, but there was a time…  As an Art History major-in-progress, I look at things more from an artistic/cultural perspective.

I would talk a lot about the Counter-Reformation.  I love the Counter-Reformation.  It was basically a reaction in every way to the Protestant Reformation.  The Church was losing a lot of its children, so it kind of freaked out and started luring in great artists to make highly religious works of art that would lure people back into the Church.  That’s a highly simplistic way of stating it, and obviously you’d have to research the political aspects (which I’m less familiar with) as well, but it’s a great period/movement.

I think it would also be very helpful if you included examples of works of art—the tomb of Pope Julius, designed by Michelangelo, is a great example of Catholicism as politics.  It’s less the tomb of a spiritual leader and more the tomb of a king—think a pharaoh’s pyramid.

Speaking of, you know who Julius II was?  Cardinal Della Rovere.  Rodrigo and Cesare Borgia’s attempt to unite the Italian states is a great example of Catholicism explicitly becoming political.  Try talking about the unification theory—that is, the theory that their ambition was to unite the states and perhaps even, eventually, secularize the papacy.  (You might wanna check out Cesare’s Bradford bio and Strathern’s The Artist, The Philosopher, and The Warrior for this.  In fact, I think Strathern’s book would be hugely helpful for what you’re doing.)

Hope this helped!

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