Visual strategies of legitimization became increasingly important for Iberian monarchies during the late medieval and early modern periods. Mediterranean dynastic, diplomatic, and military endeavors called for effective propaganda, both in the metropolis and in viceregal territories, such as southern Italy.
Such efforts include architecture, both ephemeral and permanent, the decoration of palaces, court portraiture, and historiography. The advent of a Monarchia Hispanica under Habsburg rule required careful elaborations of national, religious, racial, and gender identities, across a mosaic of multilingual and multiethnic populations. This workshop aims to highlight some of these strategies, and to create a forum for discussion of further research avenues, under the guidance of scholars from Spanish and American universities. It is made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University, and the University of Valencia, with additional support from the Fulbright Commission and the BBVA Foundation.
Speakers: Prof. Mercedes Gómez-Ferrer (Universitat de València); Prof. Jorge Sebastián (Universitat de València); Dr. Borja Franco (UNED, Madrid); Prof. Cristelle Baskins (Tufts University); Prof. Felipe Pereda (Harvard University)
Sponsor: RCC, Universitat de València