Soldiers of God: Bernini, the Jesuit Order and the Church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale in Rome

A talk by Lindsey Vyse.

Thursday 25th October 2018 at 7:15 pm


At times dismissed for its theatricality, Baroque art and architecture has nonetheless offered a view into the mindset of the Catholic Church during the time of the Counter-Reformation and its justification of the use of religious imagery.

This talk will examine the ‘Bel Composto’ of some of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s work, outlining the principles of this concept, and will discuss how the artist’s faith is demonstrated through them. The Church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale and its Jesuit connections will show how Bernini’s understanding of the affective nature of architecture is brought to bear in one of the most comprehensive works of art of this period.