Nouvelle acquisition : Festival and violence : princely entries in the context of war, 1480-1635
European Renaissance Festivals are noted for their extravagance, for their inherited classical culture, and as evidence of how court and civic spectacles could express political, religious, social, and economic aspirations. In this new monograph, the accent is firmly on the violent context of Magnificence: it examines how war affected the minds and practice of both artists and princes, and shows how victims and their suffering were as prominent in festival as were conquerors and their projections of victory. What emerges here is the dark side represented in princely entries where imperial ambitions are built upon civic devastation and where myths elaborate and expose their ambiguous nature and message. Artists and poets collaborated in bringing victory and violence together: Mantegna and Durer in triumphal processions; Frans Floris and Rubens on the canvases they created for triumphal arches, where mythology was put to work to arouse excitement for deeds of heroism and death, while engravers depicted scenes of war and destruction to accommodate contemporary taste. (4e de couv.)
Margaret M. McGowan, Fellow of the British Academy, is Research professor at the University of Sussex. Her research interests centre on intellectual, cultural and artistic concerns in Early Modern Europe. Her publications include; L’Art du Ballet de cour, 1581-1643 (1963); Montaigne’s Deceits (1974); Ideal Forms in the Age of Ronsard(1985); The Vision of Rome in Late Renaissance France (2002); Dance in the Renaissance (2008); and Dynastic Marriages 1612/1615(2013). She gave the Leopold Delisle lectures in 2012, was awarded the Wolfson prize in 2008, and the CBE in 1998.