Written in Stone: Jesuit Buildings in Goa and Their Artistic and Architectural Features
Author : Cristina Osswald
9789380739168 | Paperback | pp. 370 | 2013 | Goa 1556
Written in Stone: Jesuit Buildings in Goa and Their Artistic and Architectural Features by Cristina Osswald addresses itself to the permanent artistic features of the Jesuit buildings in Goa, namely, their architecture,painting, sculpture, and woodcarving.
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Written in Stone: Jesuit Buildings in Goa and Their Artistic and Architectural Features by Cristina Osswald addresses the number and kinds of Jesuit buildings in Goa. Details include their chronological evolution (periods of foundation, repair,enlargement and decoration), their benefactors or patrons. The artists, materials and models, as well as the artistic and cultural influences that shape and inform these buildings are also listed.
Among the buildings detailed are the Colégio de S. PauloVelho (1541-1578), the male and female catechumenates (1550s), the hospital for the indigenous (1551), the Noviciate (1556-1664), the Orphanage (1558), the first church of S. Paulo Velho (1541-1560), the second church of S. Paulo Velho (1560-1572), the Professed House (1586-c.1597), the Bom Jesus (1594-1605), the Colégio de S. Paulo Novo (1610-1620), the Colégio do Espírito Santo in Salcete, the Colégio de Santo Inácio in Rachol (1606-09), small settlements(residences) in Salcete, and the recreation site at Santana.
The book looks at Catholic art in Goa, the Jesuit conception of art, and other themes. It has a listing of Jesuit artists who worked in Goa from 1542-1655, and a very detailed bibliography of both manuscript and published sources.
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About the Contributors
Cristina Osswald is an art historian and has a PhD on Jesuit art in Goa (1542 to 1655) from the European University Institute, Florence. She did post-doctoral research on the life of the Jesuits and Franciscans in Portugal, India and Brazil (16th to 18th century), with the Universidade do Minho (Portugal), the UNED (Madrid) and UNICAMP (Brazil). She teaches at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa’s Department of Art History.
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