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Jesús Escobar's examination of the transformation of Madrid (from a secondary market town to the capital of the worldwide Spanish Hapsburg empire) focuses on the planning and building of Madrid's principal public monument, the Plaza Mayor. It is based on the analysis of archival documents and architectural drawings, as well as the surviving fabric of the city itself. Escobar demonstrates how the development of the city square and its surroundings reflects the bureaucratic nature of the government that chose Madrid in 1561 to serve as the capital of Spain.Read more
- Was the first English-language book on architecture and urbanism in Renaissance and Baroque Madrid
- Based on archival material, including drawings
- Amply illustrated with photographs, maps and drawings
- Joint winner of the 2004 Eleanor Tufts Award for a distinguished publication written in English on a topic pertaining to the art and architecture of Spain and Portugal
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"This book makes an important contribution to the study of Spanish architectural history, it fills a need for a book in English on the topic, and will likely remain an authoritative reference on the Plaza Mayor and the growth of Madrid as a ceremonial and political capital for years to come."
- Eleanor Tufts Award Committee, Historians of Spanish ArtSee more reviews
"Escobar's book should be consulted by all interested in baroque Madrid, as he provides valuable insights into the many social and political factors impacting its development."
- Renaissance Quarterly, Richard G. Mann, San Francisco State University
"Jesús Escobar's study of the Plaza Mayor in Madrid is a welcome addition to the scholarship on important architectural and urban developments in early modern Spain."
- Sixteenth Century Journal, Andrew Hopkins, Villa I Tatti, Florence
"...beautifully wrought and multi-faceted..."
- Seventeenth Century News
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- Date Published: May 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521111539
- length: 376 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.6kg
- contains: 124 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Madrid, town and court
2. Architecture and bureaucracy
3. Sixteenth-century initiatives
4. The panadería and its impact
5. Seventeenth-century reforms
6. The plaza mayor as political symbol.
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