Seventeenth-Century Art and Diplomacy
This seminar examined and re-assessed major Baroque art works and major personalities caught in the struggle for power in the international arena of seventeenth-century Europe, particularly during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Special attention was given to the career of Peter Paul Rubens (d. 1640), who served as painter-diplomat to the Duke of Mantua, Archduchess Isabella of Flanders and Philip IV of Spain, and to the patronage of Urban VIII Barberini (d. 1644), who commissioned high art in part to raise the Papacy’s weakening voice in world affairs. Other figures studied included the art patrons King Charles I, Cardinal Richelieu, Queen Mother Marie De’Medicis and Queen Christina of Sweden.
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