Embodiments of Power: Building Baroque Cities in Europe

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Gary B. Cohen, Franz A. J. Szabo
Berghahn Books, Jul 30, 2008 - History - 320 pages
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The period of the baroque (late sixteenth to mid-eighteenth centuries) saw extensive reconfiguration of European cities and their public spaces. Yet, this transformation cannot be limited merely to signifying a style of art, architecture, and decor. Rather, the dynamism, emotionality, and potential for grandeur that were inherent in the baroque style developed in close interaction with the need and desire of post-Reformation Europeans to find visual expression for the new political, confessional, and societal realities. Highly illustrated, this volume examines these complex interrelationships among architecture and art, power, religion, and society from a wide range of viewpoints and localities. From Krakow to Madrid and from Naples to Dresden, cities were reconfigured visually as well as politically and socially. Power, in both its political and architectural guises, had to be negotiated among constituents ranging from monarchs and high churchmen to ordinary citizens. Within this process, both rulers and ruled were transformed: Europe left behind the last vestiges of the medieval and arrived on the threshold of the modern.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1Embodiments of Power?
9
Chapter 2Baroque Comes for the Archbishops
43
Chapter 3Religious Art and the Formation of a Catholic Identity in Baroque Prague
53
Chapter 4Prague Wroclaw and Vienna
80
Chapter 5Representation of the Court and Burghers in the Baroque Cities of the High Road
97
Chapter 6From Protestant Fortress to Baroque Apotheosis
120
Chapter 7A Tale of Two Cities
164
Chapter 8Searching for the New Constantine
191
Chapter 9THe Zodiac in the Streets
203
Chapter 10A Setting for Royal Authority
230
Bibliography
249
Index
277
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Gary B. Cohen is director of the Center for Austrian Studies and professor of history at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He teaches modern Central European social and political history and has published numerous articles and essays as well as two books in these areas.

Franz A. J. Szabo is director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies and professor of Austrian and Habsburg history at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He has published widely in Europe and North America, including a prize-winning book on Habsburg enlightened absolutism.

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