Iconography, Propaganda and Legitimation (The Origins of the Modern State in Europe, 13th to 18th Centuries)
By: Allan Ellenius (editor)Hardback
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Representations of political power play an important role in Western art history from the late Middle Ages up to modern times. This volume by leading experts is a wide-ranging survey of significant trends in the development of political imagery. It is a study in the rhetoric of images as it developed from the late Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. Symbols and metaphors were created in order to represent the power of political systems and particularly to confirm the overall importance of rulership. The preferred ideas and visual images were those taken from classical mythology and the tradition of religious iconography. Among the most important concepts was that of the king's two bodies, one belonging to the terrestrial, the other to the symbolic sphere of life. A wealth of images was produced to fulfil the demands of 'ceremonial space', which included state portraiture and allegorical imagery as well as coronations, funerals, royal entries, and other kinds of royal pageantry. The Origins of the Modern State in Europe series arises from an important international research programme sponsored by the European Science Foundation.
The aim of the series, which comprises seven volumes, is to bring together specialists from different countries, who reinterpret from a comparative European perspective different aspects of the formation of the state over the long period from the beginning of the thirteenth to the end of the eighteenth century. One of the main achievements of the research programme has been to overcome the long-established historiographical tendency to regard states mainly from the viewpoint of their twentieth-century borders.
List of Plates, List of Figures ; Introduction: Visual Representations of the State as Propaganda and Legitimation ; 1. The Portrait of the Prince as a Rhetorical Genre ; 2. From the exemplum virtutis to the Apotheosis ; 3. The Orb as the Symbol of the State in the Pictorial Cycle ; 4. Monarchic Liturgies and the 'Hidden King' ; 5. Religion and Church during the Genesis of the Spanish Monarchy ; 6. Rex et sacerdos: The Holiness of the King in European Civilization ; 7. Visual Images of Papal Power ; 8. Visual Ideas of Papal Authority ; 9. Ceremonial Space ; 10. Beneath the Ceilings of Versailles ; 11. The Demise of Royal Mythologies ; 12. Republican Virtues and the Free State ; Bibliography, List of Contributors, Illustration Sources, Index
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