Visualizing Portuguese Power. The Political Use of Images in Portugal and Its Overseas Empire (16th to 18th Century)

Krass, Urte Inga (ed.) (2017). Visualizing Portuguese Power. The Political Use of Images in Portugal and Its Overseas Empire (16th to 18th Century). Bilder-Diskurs. Zürich/Berlin: Diaphanes

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Images have always played a vital role in political communication and in the visualization of power structures and hierarchies. They gain even more importance in situations where non-verbal communication prevails: In the negotiation processes between two (or more) different cultures, the language of the visual is often thought of as the most effective way to acquaint (and overpower) the others with one`s own principles, beliefs, and value systems. Scores of these asymmetrical exchange situations have taken place in the Portuguese overseas empire since its gradual expansion in the 16th century. This book offers new insights into the broad and differentiated spectrum of functions images could assume in political contexts in those areas dominated by the Portuguese in early modern times. How were objects and artifacts staged and handled to genereate new layers of meaning and visualize political ideas and concepts? And what were the respective reasons, means, and effects of the visualization of Portuguese power and politics?

Item Type:

Book (Edited Volume)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > Recent and Modern Art History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History

UniBE Contributor:

Krass, Urte Inga

Subjects:

700 Arts
700 Arts > 720 Architecture
700 Arts > 730 Sculpture, ceramics & metalwork
700 Arts > 750 Painting
700 Arts > 760 Graphic arts
900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe
900 History > 950 History of Asia
900 History > 980 History of South America

ISBN:

978-3-03734-742-3

Series:

Bilder-Diskurs

Publisher:

Diaphanes

Language:

English

Submitter:

Urte Inga Krass

Date Deposited:

18 Dec 2019 16:37

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2019 16:58

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/136075

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