Preaching and Architecture in Tridentine Italy

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This article examines the changes during the sixteenth century in the form, function and location of pulpits as well as comparing the Tuscan tradition with other regions of Italy such as the Veneto and Lombardy. A review follows of the alterations brought about by the Catholic Reformation, first in Tuscany and then- following the guidelines advocated by San Carlo Borromeo in his treatise on church decoration- in the twin pulpits in Milan cathedral. The close interaction between preaching and pulpits is demonstrated when changes in the theory and practice of preaching affect the design, function and location of pulpits.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)231-252
Number of pages22
JournalErebea: Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Italian literature
  • Latin language literature
  • 1500-1599
  • Carlo Borromeo, San (1538-1584)
  • Instructionum Fabricae, et Supellectilis Ecclesiasticae (1577)
  • prose
  • sermons
  • pulpits


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