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This book probes the role of culture in state craft by examining how seventeenth-century rulers pressed art and architecture into the service. Alice Jarrard focuses on the ambitious Italian patron, Duke Francesco d'Este of Modena, who deployed art works strategically for his exiled family. Drawing from vital Italian court traditions for his festival practices, the duke imported opera theater designs from Venice and called on famed Roman artists, including Girolamo Rainaldi, Francesco Borromini, Pietro da Cortona, and Gianlorenzo Bernini, to create portraits and palaces. The duke's spectacular image informed Este projects in Rome, and through his designer Vigarani, who was summoned to Paris to build a theater, shaped the early cultural practice of Louis XIV. Demonstrating how performance brought paintings, sculptures, and buildings to life by dissolving the boundaries between distant courts, Jarrard reveals the dynamic role of art in seventeenth-century political discourse.Read more
- First comparative history of ducal Italy and royal courts
- New approach to cultural patronage which highlights its specific political objectives
- Integrates study of display and ceremony with a close look at both painting and architecture
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'In an impeccable and impressive demonstration of archival research, Jarrard brings the duke's ambitions to life through a close examination of his permanent structures as well as his theatrical spectacles and ephemeral events … This book should be read by all scholars working on seventeenth-century culture.' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
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- Date Published: November 2003
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521815093
- length: 324 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 183 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.903kg
- contains: 125 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print June 2012
Table of Contents
1. The urban arena
2. The Duke and his theater
3. Palace, status, dynastic refoundation
4. Portraits: working images of the Prince
5. Instrumenta regni: from the provinces to Rome and Paris.
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