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Exploring the Unique Baroque Art and Spiritual Symbolism of Chiesa del Gesù in Rome

For centuries, the Catholic Church emphasized the realistic depictions of Renaissance masters, but in the 17th century, art took a dramatic turn with the development of Baroque art. In this video, we delve into the unique Baroque style of the Chiesa del Gesù, the mother church of the Jesuits, and the spiritual symbolism behind its most important altar. Join us as we speak with Father Jean Paul Hernandes, a professor of theology and art, who explains the mechanics behind this artistic phenomenon and the teaching of the Spiritual Exercises. We also witness the 300-year-old Baroque tradition of the "Macchina Barocca" as the painting of Jesus Christ giving the flag of his mission to St. Ignatius of Loyola descends from the ceiling. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the beautiful and symbolic art of Casa del Gesù in Rome.

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