CHAPTER 25. ROME AND THE MUSIC OF THE COUNTER-REFORMATION. THE RENAISSANCE COMES TO ROME.
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ROME AND THE MUSIC
OF THE COUNTER-REFORMATION
The Sistine Chapel is at the top. Workers constructing the new St. Peter’s Basilica can be seen in the background at the upper right.
The high altar and Michelangelo’s Last Judgment are at the far end; the balcony for the singers, which at various times included Josquin des Prez and Palestrina, is at the lower right, just on the other side of the choir screen.
The austere, mystical style of El Greco embodies
the spirit of the Counter-Reformation.