Parution : Fernando Checa, Miguel Ángel Zalama (eds), “Ars Habsburgica New Perspectives on Sixteenth-Century Art”, Turnhout, Brepols, 2023

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 House of Austria as a focus, traditional ideas can continue to be maintained well into the 21st century. We refer above all to what respects the so-called “Vasari paradigm”, on which the Art History of the 16th 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



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Fiammetta Campagnoli (2023, 5 février). Parution : Fernando Checa, Miguel Ángel Zalama (eds), “Ars Habsburgica New Perspectives on Sixteenth-Century Art”, Turnhout, Brepols, 2023. Centre d'Histoire de l'Art de la Renaissance. Consulté le 17 avril 2024, à l’adresse

Fiammetta Campagnoli

Fiammetta Campagnoli est doctorante en histoire de l'art moderne à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches se concentrent sur la perception et sur la réception de la spatialité de l’image mariale au XVe et au XVIe siècle.

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