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Title: Art and Politics in Early Modern Germany: Jorg Breu the Elder and the Fashioning of Political Identity, ca. 1475-1536
Author: Cuneo, Pia F
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1998
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004111844
Volumes: 1; Pages: xxiv, 264
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An exploration of the interaction between art and politics in early modern Germany, this work focuses on art, political in content, produced by the Augsburg artist Jrg Breu the Elder during the second and third decodes of the sixteenth century. The book argues for the function of the art as fashioning political identities.The artist Jrg Breu is first introduced. His work for the city of Augsburg and for Habsburg and Wittelsbach rulers are examined. These works are placed within their historical context and analyzed according to how they articulate themes of warfare, ceremony, and history in order to construct political identity.The analysis of Breu's city chronicle and of the response of his art to political contest is particularly useful for historians of art and of politics.Readership: All those interested in the history of art, the history of early modern politics, the history of religion (the Reformation) and the history of early modern Germany.Pia F. Cuneo, Ph.D. (1991) in Art History, Northwestern University, is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona. She has published on the work of Jrg Breu the Elder and on the art of Renaissance Augsburg.