This paper will examine whether the commodification of the Renaissance through international heritage tourism is impacting Catholic Church sites in Tuscany, Italy holding Renaissance heritage materials and resulting in the introduction of museological practices.
It will propose that the tension between the Church and heritage tourism is leading to the emergence of the ‘reluctant’ museum through the apparent transformation of particular churches into quasi museums with dual functions: both sacred and secular. This paper is part of a broader study which will explore the new role of the Catholic Church in managing the sacred space and the ‘museum’ space of three sites in Tuscany. The paper is a preliminary investigation of the museological implications of management interventions at one of these sites.
|Keywords:||Tourism, Catholic Church, Renaissance, Museum|
Head of Program, School of Humanities and Languages, The University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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