Quebec Jesuits and the Dissemination of Christian Art
Montreal Gesù Church, a New Approach
Taken from a chapter of my doctoral thesis, this article was originally presented at the 1988 annual meeting of the University Art Association of Canada. Based on a case study of the Jesuits and the wall decorations of Montreal's Gesù church, this article explores an art that Gérard Morisset and a majority of art historians considered cold, rigid, tedious, maudlin and commercial; an art they referred to as "saint-sulpice." Rather than deal with the question through modern and contemporary attitudes, I have preferred to examine these works in the context of the predominent ideologies of the time of their production.