Politics and the arts in Lisbon and Rome

BookPolitics and the arts in Lisbon and Rome

Politics and the arts in Lisbon and Rome

The Roman dream of John V of Portugal

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2019:10


October 14th, 2019

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Dealing with a complex king, this edited collection elucidates a monarch’s vision of Rome that deeply affected his political choices and cultural policy during the first half of the eighteenth-century. John V of Portugal became king in 1707 in a pivotal moment for the European balance of power. The Kingdom of Portugal was still demanding the same privileges as its powerful neighbours and the relation with Rome was considered a vehicle to obtain them. Arts and music had a special and unprecedented place in the king’s plans and this book approaches that dynamic from several interdisciplinary perspectives.
The unifying thread across this book’s chapters remains the omnipresence of Rome as a paradigm on several levels: political, religious, intellectual, artistic, and musical. Rather than providing an exhaustive analysis of the period as a whole, this study offers a fresh approach for English readers to this classic, but little known, topic in Portuguese national historiography.

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Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira is Ramón y Cajal Fellow based at the Art History department of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Madrid). She wrote a PhD on Classical Art and has widely published in international journals (The Burlington Magazine, Storia dell’Arte, etc). Her current research is focused on Iberian cultural identities, artistic mobility and diplomacy in Rome in the 18th Century.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of illustrations9
List of abbreviations11
Introduction: il viaggio mancato – John V and the origins of his vision of Rome13
I Rome: paradigm and propaganda27
Beyond policy: shaping the image of John V of Portugal in Rome29
Politics, spectacle and propaganda: the political use of patronage and the press by John V’s representatives in Rome during the first half of the eighteenth century55
‘S’unisca il Tago al Tebro, il Tebro al Tago’: the politics of Portuguese patronage in Alessandro Scarlatti’s La Virtù negli amori87
The Accademia del Portogallo: emulation and strategy in the papal city105
II Lisbon: creative reappropriations135
Music, ceremonial and architectural spaces in the patriarchal church of King John V: the remaking of Roman models137
Antonio Tedeschi, ‘Sanctæ Patriarchalis Ecclesiæ Regius Cantor’: an Italian musician at the court of John V175
Rethinking the artistic policy of King John V of Portugal and Queen Maria Anna of Habsburg: architecture and opera theatre199
The marbles and the modelli of Mafra: John V and the taste for Italian baroque sculpture239