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Seminar 10

Arts and State Building


Seminar questions

  1. How important was the role of the arts in creating and propagating the image of a ruler?


  1. To what extent was art used as a diplomatic tool?


  1. To what extent royal architecture reflects the growth of absolutism?



Suggested reading

Adamson, John (ed), The Princely Courts of Europe: Ritual, Politics and Culture under the Ancien Règime 1500-1750, London 1999 [D 211.P7]


Aschengreen Piacenti, Kirsten, ‘The Medici Grand-ducal Family and the Symbols of Power’, in The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence, New Haven-London 2002, pp. 25-33 [N 6921.F7]


Berger, Robert W., A Royal Passion. Louis XIV as Patron of Architecture, Cambridge 1994 [NA 1046.B3]


Brown, Jonathan - Elliott, John H., A Palace for a King. The Buen Retiro and the Court of Philip IV, New Haven-London 1980 [NA 7776.M3]


Brown, Jonathan, Velazquez. Painter and Courtier, New Haven-London 1986 [ND 813.V3]


Brown, Jonathan, ‘Enemies of Flattery: Velazquez’ Portraits of Philip IV’, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 17 (1986), pp. 137-154 [Jstor]


Burke, Peter, The Fabrication of Louis XIV, New Haven-London 1992 [DC 126.B8]


Caldicott, Edric, ‘Richelieu and the Arts’, in Bergin, Joseph - Brockliss, Laurence (eds), Richelieu and His Age, Oxford 1992 [DC 123.9.R5]


Carroll, Margaret D., ‘The Erotics of Absolutism: Rubens and the Mystification of Sexual Violence’, in The Expanding Discourse: Feminism and Art History, eds. Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard, Boulder, CO, 1992, pp. 139-159 [N 72.F3]


DaCosta Kaufmann, Thomas, ‘Metamorphoses of Nature: Arcimboldo’s Imperial Allegories’, in Idem, The Mastery of Nature. Art, Science, and Humanism in the Renaissance, Princeton 1993, ch. 4 [CB 361.K2]


Elliott, John H., ‘Power and Propaganda in the Spain of Philip IV’, in Idem, Spain and its World 1500-1700. Selected Essays, New Haven-London 1989, pp. 162-188 [DP 171.E5]


Elliott, John H., ‘Art and Decline in Seventeenth-Century Spain’, in Idem, Spain and its World 1500-1700. Selected Essays, New Haven-London 1989, pp. 263-286 [DP 171.E5]


Evans, R.J.W., Rudolf II and His World. A Study in Intellectual History 1576-1612, Oxford 1973 [DD 187.E9]


Fucikova, Eliska et al. (eds.), Rudolf II and Prague. The Court and the City, London 1997 [DB 225.P7]


Howarth, David, Images of Rule. Art and Politics in the English Renaissance, 1485-1649, London 1997 [N 6765.H6]


Mulcahy, Rosemarie, Philip II of Spain, Patron of the Arts, Dublin 2004 [being processed]


Schama, Simon, ‘The Domestication of Majesty: Royal Family Portraiture, 1500-1850’, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 17 (1986), pp. 155-183 [Jstor]


Smuts, R. Malcom, “Art and the Material Culture of Majesty in Early Stuart England”, in Idem, The Stuart Court and Europe. Essays in Political and Cultural Change, Cambridge 1996 [DA 375.S8]


Strong, Roy, The Cult of Elizabeth: Elizabethan Portraiture and Pageantry, London 1977 [ND 1314.2 S8]


Strong, Roy C., Art and Power, Woodbridge 1984 [GT 3930.S8]


Thurley, Simon, The Royal Palaces of Tudor England. Architecture and Court Life 1470-1547, New Haven-London 1993 [NA 7745.T4]


Trevor-Roper, Hugh, Princes and Artist. Patronage and Ideology at Four Habsburg Courts, 1517-1633, New York 1991 [N 5240.T7]