Art and Politics in Early Modern Germany: Jörg Breu the Elder and the Fashioning of Political Identity, Ca. 1475-1536
An exploration of the interaction between art and politics in early modern Germany, this work focuses on art, political in content, produced by the Augsburg artist Jorg Breu the Elder during the second and third decodes of the sixteenth century. The book argues for the function of the art as fashioning political identities. The artist Jorg Breu is first introduced. His work for the city of Augsburg and for Habsburg and Wittelsbach rulers are examined. These works are placed within their historical context and analyzed according to how they articulate themes of warfare, ceremony, and history in order to construct political identity. The analysis of Breu's city chronicle and of the response of his art to political contest is particularly useful for historians of art and of politics.
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adventus Albrecht Albrecht Altdorfer Alexanderschlacht Altdorfer Alte Pinakothek antiquity Arminius artist audience Augsburg Augsburg city Aulinger Aventinus baldachin battle of Pavia Breu's art Breu's chronicle Breu's paintings Breu's woodcut Burgkmair Catholic ceremony Charles Charles's Chronik City Council city hall civic coats of arms commissioned confessional identity Conrad Peutinger constructed court depiction deutschen discussed duke Early Modern Germany electors emperor empire entries Erasmus evangelical fact Ferdinand frescoes Fugger function German Geschichte guild gulden Habsburg Hannibal Hans Burgkmair historians history cycle Hoechstetter humanist Ibid images Imperial Diet included indicates issues Johannes Aventinus Jorg Breu Kaiser Maximilian king Landsknechten Langenmantel Livy Lucretia Lutheran Machiavelli Maximilian military Munich narrative Nuremberg Ottheinrich pamphlet patrons Peutinger political identity position princes procession Reformation Rehlinger Renaissance Roman Rome Roth Schmalkaldic League seems Sender sixteenth century social soldiers Stadt Tacitus territories tion Triumphal troops Ulrich Verlag victory Vienna warfare Wilhelm Wittelsbach Zwinglian