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Published: 25 January 2004

320 Pages | 44 halftones & 10 color plates

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195117745

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Invisible City

The Architecture of Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Neapolitan Convents

Helen Hills

Invisible City vividly portrays the religious world of seventeenth-century Naples, a city of familial and internecine rivalries, of religious devotion and intense urban politics, of towering structures built to house the virgin daughters of the aristocracy. Helen Hills demonstrates how the architecture of the convents and the nuns' bodies they housed existed both in parallel and in opposition to one another. She discusses these women as subjects of enclosure, as religious women, and as art patrons, but also as powerful agents whose influence extended beyond the convent walls.