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JESUITICA: A Jesuit with perspective

pozzo_01.jpgThe most influential Jesuit painter was Brother Andrea Pozzo, who wrote a seminal book on perspective in painting and architecture (1693). It has gone into many editions, even into this century, and has been translated from the original Latin and Italian into numerous languages such as French, German, English and Chinese. However Pozzo is best known for his masterful applications of his perspective art, the cupola, the apse and the ceiling of St. Ignatius Church in Rome. The image here is a detail from the allegory of the apotheosis of St Ignatius in the ceiling of that church.