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ContentsList of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsCurrency, Weights, and MeasuresIntroduction1 The Art of Disillusionment: The Patronage of Mateo Vazquez de Leca2 The Piety of Powerful Neighbors: The Renovation of Santa Maria la Blanca3 A Temporary Triumph: The Seville Cathedral's Festival for San Fernando4 The Nobility of Charity: The Church and Hospital of the Santa Caridad5 The Phoenix of Seville: Rebuilding the Church of San SalvadorConclusionChronologyNotesBibliographyIndex

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Amanda Wunder is Associate Professor of History at Lehman College and of Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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"Although one can find many studies devoted to specific Sevillian artists of the seventeenth century and to Spanish art and architecture of this period, the present work takes a unique approach."-E. M. Hansen, Choice

"A penetrating and thoughtful historical study that considerably deepens our understanding of the city and the genesis of some of its most important works of sacred art."-Stephen F. Ostrow, Sixteenth Century Journal

"A significant contribution that should appeal to scholars across disciplines. Art historians, historians, and literary scholars of the early modern Iberian and Atlantic world will find much to reflect on in this concise and elegantly written publication."-Lisandra Estevez, CAA.Reviews

"Amanda Wunder has brought Baroque Seville to life as never before. There is a sizable amount of literature on the subject, but none that synthesizes and integrates evidence from such an amazing variety of sources. Given the wide scope and the utterly lucid style of writing, this book can and should be read by all who are interested in the projection of faith that emanated from this most colorful of European cities."-Jonathan Brown, author of In the Shadow of Velazquez: A Life in Art History

"In this insightful and original work, Amanda Wunder, through a series of revealing vignettes and case studies, magisterially shows how Sevillians, while mired in horrific economic, social, and environmental crises, chose appeals to the sacred as a way to secure the protection of Seville's well-established saints and divine protectors. This is a profound, erudite reflection on the connections between art, wealth, and religion in Seville, and by implication in seventeenth-century Spain, in a time of crisis. A most wonderful book!"-Teofilo F. Ruiz, author of A King Travels: Festive Traditions

"Wunder's book is a well-written, tightly focused study of art and society in seventeenth-century Seville. It offers novel interpretations of major art and architectural monuments as well as lesser-known luxury objects and ephemeral festivals. Wunder's attention to the process by which patrons-wealthy elites and common people, men and women-engaged with teams of artists forces a reconsideration of the efforts and intentions behind the making and meaning of art in the Baroque era."-Jesus Escobar, author of The Plaza Mayor and the Shaping of Baroque Madrid

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