Images of Rule: Art and Politics in the English Renaissance, 1485-1649 David J. Howarth

ISBN: 9780520209923

Published: May 30th 1997

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306 pages


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Images of Rule: Art and Politics in the English Renaissance, 1485-1649  by  David J.  Howarth

Images of Rule: Art and Politics in the English Renaissance, 1485-1649 by David J. Howarth
May 30th 1997 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 306 pages | ISBN: 9780520209923 | 10.15 Mb

This is a fascinating and highly readable account of the vital role the visual arts played in Great Britain during the Tudor and early Stuart monarchies. David Howarth examines the intersection of art and political power between the accession of theMoreThis is a fascinating and highly readable account of the vital role the visual arts played in Great Britain during the Tudor and early Stuart monarchies.

David Howarth examines the intersection of art and political power between the accession of the Tudors and the outbreak of civil war and draws on images of the Royal court to fashion his innovative cultural and political history.Howarth concentrates on the public uses and political exploitation of Renaissance art, rather than its quality or the creative process behind it.

He argues that the English ruling class used and manipulated portraiture, architecture, the decorative arts, and spectacle in order to reinforce its own power and preserve Englands political status quo. Howarth carefully studies the royal palaces, commissioned portraits, tombs, and period monuments to show how each work influenced—and was influenced by—politics.

Even Englands highly political battle between Catholicism and Protestantism found expression in religious architecture and painting. Contesting the orthodox view that no important works of art were produced in Britain from 1485 to 1649, Howarth finds proof to the contrary in the work of Sir AnthonyVan Dyck, Christopher Wren, Hans Holbein, and Inigo Jones, among others. Finally, Howarth addresses the political implications of the decisions made by art patrons, collectors, and critics.

Of great interest are the critical reactions to art and architecture recorded by contemporary writers such as the Renaissance poet John Skelton and civil war polemicist William Prynne.



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