Book: The Architecture of Devotion

Book: The Architecture of Devotion

The Architecture of Devotion

James Goold and His Legacies in Colonial Melbourne

Jaynie Anderson, Max Vodola, Shane Carmody
This exquisitely designed book celebrates the life and cultural legacy of Archbishop James Goold.

The Architecture of Devotion: James Goold and His Legacies in Colonial Melbourne honours the life and cultural contribution of Archbishop James Alipius Goold (1812-1886). Goold arrived in 1848 as the first Catholic bishop of the newly created diocese of Melbourne and quickly adapted to Australian colonial conditions, setting about establishing an extraordinary network of schools, churches and welfare institutions across Victoria. Beyond the immediate task of building bluestone, bricks and mortar, Goold carried a grand vision, sensing that Melbourne was on its way to becoming a grand international metropolis. A collector and man of refined taste, Goold not only adorned religious institutions with quality Baroque artwork, but he also amassed a unique book collection and private library that showcased his European cultural sensibilities. A companion to The Invention of Melbourne: A Baroque Archbishop and a Gothic Architect (2019), The Architecture of Devotion brings Goold to life as we follow him around the colony and witness how he shaped the fabric of Victorian suburbs and towns. 

Jaynie Anderson is professor emeritus in art history at the University of Melbourne. In 1970 she was the first woman Rhodes Fellow at Oxford, where she lectured until 1991. She was Herald Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne from 1997 to 2014, and from 2008 to 2012 was president of the International Committee for Art History. In 2015 she received a knighthood from the President of the Republic of Italy for her distinguished research on Venetian Renaissance art.

Max Vodola is a priest of the archdiocese of Melbourne and lecturer in church history at Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne (University of Divinity). He is Chairman of the Melbourne Diocesan Historical Commission.

Published: 2021


328 pages

Dimensions: 25.7cm x 19.8cmcm x 3cm


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