Recreating Renaissance and Baroque Spectacle: the Hispanic Habsburg Dynasty in Context 6 and 7 of July 2010 University of Edinburgh, UK

  • Laura Fernandez Gonzalez (Organiser)

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he aim of this conference was to re-create or reconstruct Renaissance and Baroque festivals by an interdisciplinary approach. Ultimately the objective was to include the views of those diverse disciplines on the study of festivals under the Hispanic Habsburgs and to contextualise them within and outside European boundaries; comparing Habsburg festivals with other dynasties and also exploring the impact of the first known globalisation, i.e. the first two global empires, Spain and Portugal, analysed through their festivals. The conference keynote speaker Prof. Fernando Checa Cremades, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. Prof. Checa Cremades is one of the most important international voices in the study of Renaissance and Golden Age art patronage in Europe. Among his many achievements, he is a former director of the Museo del Prado in Madrid and was awarded the Spanish National History Prize for his book on Phillip II of Spain’s art patronage. The conference included a private viewing of the 3D model of the city of Lisbon and the ephemeral architecture erected for the entry of Phillip I of Portugal and II of Spain in 1581, based on research by the principal investigator Laura Fernandez-Gonzalez of the Re-creating Early Modern Festivals project. The viewing was held at the Playfair Library in the Old College of The University of Edinburgh.
Period6 Jul 20107 Jul 2010
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map