Lusitania Liberata: Images in the Service of Diplomacy

Krass, Urte Inga (22 January 2021). Lusitania Liberata: Images in the Service of Diplomacy (Unpublished). In: Seminar in European Art. Newberry Library Chicago (Online). 22. January 2021.

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The book Lusitania Liberata was printed in London in 1645. It was a colossal publication, numbering 794 pages and containing fourteen engravings by John Droeshout. These images were among the first to establish an iconography of the new Braganza dynasty in Portugal. These pictorial inventions bolstered, and in turn were supported by, the voluminous textual arguments that the book’s author, António de Sousa de Macedo, gathered to justify John IV’s elevation to the Portuguese throne. Sources tell us that the English king Charles I. even discussed passages of the book with the author. Apart from this illustrious reader, the book also found many buyers across Europe, where it circulated among a wide audience.

This talk focuses on these pictorial innovations in the service of Portuguese power, drawing upon a chapter from Krass’s forthcoming book on the global visualization of the Portuguese Restoration of 1640.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

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 > 760 Graphic arts

Language:

English

Submitter:

Urte Inga Krass

Date Deposited:

02 Feb 2021 11:11

Last Modified:

02 Feb 2021 11:11

Additional Information:

Virtual Seminar via Zoom

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/151452

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