Book Series Habsburg Worlds, vol. 6

Ars Habsburgica

New Perspectives on Sixteenth-Century Art

Fernando Checa, Miguel Ángel Zalama (eds)

  • Pages: 268 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:45 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59594-8
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Ars Habsburgica wants to support a substantial new methodological approach to an essential aspect of the European Renaissance Art.


Fernando Checa, professor of Art History at the Complutense University of Madrid. He has been Director of the Museo Nacional del Prado (1996-2001) and was awarded with the National Prize of the History of Spain (1993). Curator of exhibitions about the House of Austria in Madrid, Vienna, Paris, Ghent, Brussels, Toledo or Puebla de los Angeles (Mexico). Paul Mellon Senior Fellow at CASVA (Washington) and Visiting Professor at the Universiteì de Geneve (Switzerland) and Oklahoma State.

Miguel Ángel Zalama, professor and director of the Department of Art History at the University of Valladolid (Spain), and director of the Tordesillas Center for Relations with Latin America. After his doctorate, he moved to the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where he worked with Jonathan Brown. Researcher at the University of La Sapienza, Rome, he has been visiting professor at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest, Angers (France), and at the University of Monterrey (Mexico).


Starting from a political reality, which is, at the same time, artistic and cultural, the book Ars Hasburgica aims to review the still so common historiographical conception of the Renaissance that conceives this period from a geographically Italocentric, artistically classicist and politically centered the idea of "national" arts and schools.

But Renaissance is a more global and complex phenomenon. What this book aims to offer is an idea of the art of that period that considers the role played by the Habsburg dynasty and its various courts in this period, trying to verify whether, by applying other historiographic models, and having the art of the Casa de Austria as a focus, traditional ideas can continue to be maintained well into the twenty-first century. We refer to the so-called "Vasari paradigm", on which art history of the sixteenth century has largely been built over the last centuries. It is also intended to structure concepts about the art of the period not so much around nationalist considerations and identities of the arts, but to raise these issues throughout ideas such as that of the court as a political, artistic and cultural sphere, in the wake of the classical studies by Norbert Elias, Amedeo Quondam or Carlo Ossola.


Introduction: Ars Habsburgica, or New Perspectives on Sixteenth-Century European Art

Fernando Checa and Miguel Ángel Zalama


Habsburg Politics and Cultures in the Sixteenth Century: the Cosmopolitan Iberian Experience of Empires and Kingdoms

Fernando Bouza


A Theory of Art for the `Habsburg Renaissance´

Fernando Checa


Rethinking Vasari: Art and Arts in the Sixteenth Century

Miguel Ángel Zalama


The Antithesis between the Vasarian Canon and the Habsburg Model of the Arts: Defining National Identity in the Italian Risorgimento

Matteo Mancini


Luxury and Identity in the Sixteenth-Century Habsburg Courts

Jesús F. Pascual Molina


Food as a Strategy of Power: the Political Role of Banquets in Prince Philips’s Felicísimo Viaje (1548-1551)

Vanessa Quintanar Cabello


His Polis: The Habsburg Naval Epic in the Mediterranean

Víctor Mínguez


Habsburg Mars: The House of Austria and the Artistic Representation of Land Warfare

Antonio Gozalbo Nadal


Sixteenth-Century Notions on Spolia and Triumph Representation

Antonio Urquízar-Herrera


The Armamentarium Heroicum of Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol

Christian Beaufort-Spontin


The Habsburgs and Emblematic Literature: a Historiographical Assessment

Patricia Andrés González


Books and Libraries in the Construction of the Habsburg Dynasty’s Image during the Sixteenth Century

José Luis Gonzalo Sánchez-Molero


Epic and Truth: Writing for the Habsburgs in Sixteenth-Century Spain

María José Vega


Philip II as Rex Pacificus: Belligerence and Pacifism in Epic Versions of the Battle of Saint-Quentin (1557)

Lara Vilà


Notes on the Contributors

Index of Names