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New CEEH Publication – Ambassadors in Golden-Age Madrid: The Court of Philip IV through Foreign Eyes, edited by Jorge Fernández-Santos and José Luis Colomer

image: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica

This book sets out to describe the experiences of foreign ambassadors dispatched to Spain during the long reign of Philip IV (1621–65). Through a selection of diplomats of various nationalities—from the Holy Roman Empire, the Holy See, France, England, Venice, Tuscany, Genoa, the small Italian states, Sweden, Denmark, and the Ottoman Empire—it paints a broad picture of political missions to the ‘Planet King’ and of personal agendas in Golden-Age Madrid. With their different perceptions of the Habsburg court and life in a city that was entirely transformed into the capital of a worldwide monarchy in the decades of the mid-seventeenth century, these men bear fascinating witness to the interactions between a dominant state at pains to preserve its hegemonic role and a variety of powers ranging from close allies to sworn enemies on the international stage.

The operations of the administrative and political system with which new ambassadors were confronted on reaching Madrid are scrutinised here by a distinguished group of academics, museum curators and independent researchers who provide complementary approaches to diplomatic history. Twenty-one specialists from eight different countries contribute texts devoted to thirteen ambassadors and highlight specific assignments in the foreign service, showing how much these agents relied on their own backgrounds and interests when assessing Spaniards and Spain. Mostly based on unpublished sources and lavishly illustrated with more than 280 images, this anthology of essays sheds light on Madrid as a centre of international diplomacy and offers a new perspective on the king who was deemed by Europeans to be the most powerful monarch in the world.

Click here for more information and to purchase the book.

This summary was taken from the CEEH website.

ARTES visit to Madrid, 28-29 January 2014

Portrait of Pope Innocent X

Portrait of Pope Innocent X

We have been kindly invited by Deputy Director of the Prado and ARTES member Gabriele Finaldi to visit the current exhibition in Madrid on Velázquez and the Family of Philip IV.  Javier Portús, Chief Curator of Spanish Painting and Curator of the exhibition will kindly take us on a private tour on Tuesday 28th January 2014, starting at 10.00 and meeting at the Puerta de Jerónimos. After the tour, members will have the opportunity to view for themselves some of the paintings highlighted in Gabriele’s 2012 ARTES Lecture, The Collections of the Prado: new works and restored paintings Director of Conservation and Research at the Prado (featured in InformARTES, 2012, pp. 6-8).

The following day (for those able to stay another night) Mercedes González Amezúa Curator of Paintings at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando has also kindly agreed to take us on a tour of the Academia to tie in with the popular talk she gave earlier this year for the 2013 ARTES Lecture, Highlights from the Collection of Manuel Godoy & Recent Acquisitions of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (featured in the forthcoming edition of InformARTES). We will meet at the ticket office at the entrance to the Academia, in front of the Hércules Farnese at 10.30am.

We will try and organise a meal together on the Tuesday evening. Please contact Morlin.Ellis@tiscali.co.uk as soon as possible if you are interested and are able to join us for both or either of these two visits.